Prayer for a Lost Friend : for violin and piano
by Alexander Voltz (2021)
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Library shelf no. 787.2/VOL 1 [Available for loan]
"Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience
of love," wrote C.S. Lewis. He was describing a paradox intrinsic
to love, our most sacred and productive emotion.
It is a paradox our family is living through now due to the recent and abrupt death of our fourth child, Peter, in a rock-climbing accident. We deeply loved Peter, who was a teenager full of vitality, humour, faith and adventure, with a reputation for making connections wherever he went.
Although we feel outraged that earthly life inevitable goes on without Peter, we feel comfort and relief that his life still evokes responses like Alexander's. Alexander carefully considered his own grief and his love for our family increating Prayer for a Lost Friend.
Above all, we deeply yearn for life, love and music to go on in their finest forms and to transcend the grave into eternity - a hope that has inspired artists since the beginning of time.
Peter Jonathan Garlick
16.05.02 - 10.04.21
Program notes by Sue Garlick
Instrumentation: Violin, piano.
Duration: 10 min.
Dedication note: To the memory of Peter Garlick
Written for: Emily Beauchamp
Commission note: Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with funds provided by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.
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