In Remembrance of Lost Worlds

Richard Fay (Composer)

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Originally composed in 2009, and recorded in 2019 for the album Helix.

Of the many worlds this could refer to, perhaps I had in mind the lost Yiddish-speaking shtetls of Eastern Europe before the years of oppression, pogrom, and genocide destroyed them forever, leaving musical traces in the diaspora flows of klezmer, flows that in time swept me up too. For sure, klezmer has grown within me and grown in significance for me since I acquired my first archival and revival recordings back in 1984, and it is has both puzzled and haunted me since I looked for, and failed to find, traces of it when we lived in Poland in 1988. Now, surrounded by it, its current vitality stands in stark contrast to the largely lost worlds from which it came. Lost but never forgotten.
from Helix: Music for Hard Times, released January 1, 2020
Composed by: Richard Fay (2009)
Recorded, mixed, mastered by: Sam Gee

Katherine Blumer (clarinet)
Bob Dinn (trumpet)
James Heathcote (cello)
Mabon Jones (violin)
Sarah Keirle (viola)
Jemima Kirkland (flute)
Dan Mawson (bass clarinet)
Sheila Seal (piano)
Nina Semertzidou (violin)
Delia Stevens (percussion)
Sophie Sully (double bass)
Imogen Trinder (flute)
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Eventother; 2009-01-01 - St Mary's Hospital Chapel, Manchester
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


  • Helix
  • ethno-classical


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