4 women’s voices (SSAA) (amplified)
2 Bass Clarinets
3 Trumpets (in C)
1: Marimba, kick drum, suspended crash cymbal, brake drum, wooden wind chimes, claves, güiro
(mounted on a stand)
2: Xylophone, chimes (tubular bells), vibraslap, Aztec death whistle, ratchet, rute (bundle of sticks, as
in Mahler’s fifth symphony), 2 cowbells (small and large, mounted on a stand)
3: Vibraphone, snare drum, 2 log drums (large and medium), conga, tam-tam, maracas, hammer (either rawhide or a
household hammer from any hardware store, as in part one of De Materie by Louis Andriessen)
4: Glockenspiel, concert bass drum (large), 2 woodblocks (small and large), 3 tom-toms (small, medium, large), tamtam, ratchet.
Higgins, director,The College of New Jersey, Eric Laprade, director.
fact , widely reported in 2019, that the American government had separated the children of migrants entering the U.S. from Latin America from their parents and holding them in, essentially, concentration camps.
published in the USSR until 1987!). Her terrifying and moving poetry, which, in my 20’s put me to mind of my mother facing similar conditions, as a child, in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, now, in my 40’s, and under a real fear of recrimination for simply
belonging to the wrong demographic, put me to mind, impossibly, of my two daughters possibly needing to flee or face the same fate as Akhmatova’s son in 21st century America.
lost children of families who were simply looking for safety in a new country in the best way they could, but were met with cavalier cruelty that fills many of us with intense shame. As time and the parade of terrors go on, I hope that this piece will serve both as a reminder that we, in the United States of America of the 21st century, allowed this to happen, and as a cry for action against such behavior.
Akhmatova is dedicated to my children, Olivia and Elena, as well as to the lostchildren of Donald Trump’s concentration camps. May they find their way home.