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Let Them Not Say

by Chris Hutchings - composer

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All proceeds from the sale of this single will be donated to climate-related causes (split equally between Cool Earth, Rainforest Coalition, Climate Emergency Fund and Union of Concerned Scientists). If you would rather make a donation directly, links can be found at choirsforclimate.com/support

Composer and Video Concept: Chris Hutchings
The score for this piece can be downloaded for free
(Creative Commons license) at choirsforclimate.com

Poem: "Let Them Not Say" © Jane Hirshfield 2014
appears in LEDGER (Knopf, US; Bloodaxe UK, 2020)
used by permission of the author, all rights reserved.
www.facebook.com/janehirshfield
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Sung by The Piedmont Singers of Central VA: www.thepiedmontsingers.org
Conductor and artistic director: Helena von Rueden

Video by Ian Richardson: equaltemperedstudio.com

Audio mixing and mastering by Ian Richardson: equaltemperedstudio.com

Words, music and main imagery were chosen by Chris Hutchings, with additional creative input from Ian Richardson and Helena von Rueden.

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Let Them Not Say
Jane Hirshfield - 1953-

Let them not say: we did not see it.
We saw.

Let them not say: we did not hear it.
We heard.

Let them not say: they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.

Let them not say: it was not spoken, not written.
We spoke,
we witnessed with voices and hands.

Let them not say: they did nothing.
We did not-enough.

Let them say, as they must say something:

A kerosene beauty.
It burned.

Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.

"Let Them Not Say" © Jane Hirshfield, used by permission of Jane Hirshfield; all rights reserved.

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released April 22, 2021
Composer and Video Concept: Chris Hutchings
Score available for free download to support climate-related causes: choirsforclimate.com

Poem: "Let Them Not Say" © Jane Hirshfield 2014
appears in LEDGER (Knopf, US; Bloodaxe UK, 2020)
used by permission of the author, all rights reserved.
facebook.com/janehirshfield

Sung by The Piedmont Singers of Central VA: www.thepiedmontsingers.org
Conductor and artistic director: Helena von Rueden

Audio mixing and mastering by Ian Richardson: equaltemperedstudio.com

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Chris Hutchings - composer Edinburgh, UK

Chris Hutchings is an Edinburgh-based composer specialising in choral music, whose works have been performed worldwide. See hutchingsmusic.co.uk for more details; you can listen to more tracks at soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic .

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