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Ching-Chu Hu

Ching-Chu Hu

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Subtitle: For String Quartet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2019
Duration: c. 12:20
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

How do we remember those we’ve lost? We treasure moments as events of the past flash before our mind’s eye. Regardless of how a loved one passes, we hold on to the happier times, remembering them in anecdotes, in shared stories, in memories.

The inspiration for In Memory Of came from my inner response of the 2012 devastating Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. While a dark subject, the work itself has many light moments. In Memory Of is a collection of snapshots, of memories, of those we all have lost in our lives. While we grieve, we remember people full of life and love.

While each member of the string quartet takes turns to lead the ensemble, memories collect until a moment of reflection. At this point, you’ll hear the violin and the glockenspiel (an orchestral bell) begin to honor the 27 victims, beginning with the children. Each chord signals the age of each child, and this moment of respect builds until the entire ensemble takes part. At that point, the orchestral bells continue tolling for the victims, honoring the seven adults. The list of victims are students: Charlotte Bacon, 6; Daniel Barden, 7; Olivia Engel, 6; Josephine Gay, 7; Dylan Hockley, 6; Madeleine Hsu, 6; Catherine Hubbard, 6; Chase Kowalski, 7; Jesse Lewis, 6; Ana Márquez-Greene, 6; James Mattioli, 6; Grace McDonnell, 7; Emilie Parker, 6; Jack Pinto, 6; Noah Pozner, 6; Caroline Previdi, 6; Jessica Rekos, 6; Avielle Richman, 6; Benjamin Wheeler, 6; Allison Wyatt, 6; adults: Rachel D'Avino, teacher's aide; Dawn Hochsprung, principal; Anne Marie Murphy, teacher's aide; Lauren Rousseau, teacher; Mary Sherlach, school psychologist; Victoria Leigh Soto, teacher; and Nancy Lanza, the perpetrator's mother.

In Memory Of was commissioned by a consortium of institutions as part of the Denison University Initiative for New Music in the Schools for Chris David Westover, the Denison University Wind Ensemble, and ETHEL—friends, artists, and ambassadors of the spirit we all strive to possess.

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