Photo ©Alexandra du Bois; Kamp Westerbork, the Netherlands (2004)

03 Feb Night Songs (Nachtliederen) (2005 original) (2007 arrangement)

arranged for woodwind quintet (2007)

Original version for string quartet commissioned and premiered by Kronos Quartet. Arrangement for woodwind quintet commissioned by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City
World premiere: May 2007 throughout public schools in New York, Brooklyn and the Bronx

Score/parts available
Original string quartet version


Night Songs (Nachtliederen), String Quartet No. 3 (2005)

I. Ontvouwen (Unfolding)
II. Lente en Zomer (Spring and Summer)
III. Stacheldraht (Barbed wire)
IV. Het Denkende Hart (The Thinking Heart)
V. Niet Verzonden Brieven (Unsent Letters)
VI. Zoeklicht (Searchlight)
Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet and inspired by and dedicated to the life of young Dutch Jewish writer and Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum (1914-1943)
World premiere: March 2006, Kronos Quartet, Dinkelspiel Auditorium at Stanford University, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (NY Premiere); Detroit Premiere: 2007, New Music Detroit Ensemble, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit; Los Angeles and Hanoi, Vietnam Premieres: 2010, Southwest Chamber Music

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