was deeply touched by the aspirations of The Songs They Sang
project. For me, it was more than simply an opportunity to write music;
it was about my coming to understand how music and art can offer succor
and expression, under circumstances where despair seems inevitable."
Songs They Sang involves a 27 track CD and a feature documentary.
A selection of songs and music on this CD featured in The Songs
They Sang documentary by director Rohan Spong.
The CD contains twelve songs written in the Vilna Ghetto during the
Holocaust and ten of these were arranged / recomposed by Australian
composer Joseph Giovinazzo. The current arrangements have preserved
their original Yiddish dialect. In addition to the songs, Joseph Giovinazzo
also wrote 13 original compositions.
The majority of the tracks were performed by the following Australian
musicians: Deborah Kayser (soprano), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano),
Caerwen Martin (cello) and Aaron Barnden (violin).
An Education Kit based on The Songs They Sang documentary and
CD is available as a download. Click
They Sang CD is available as a download:
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