The Witnesses lieder composed by Cyndi Connah. This art song is based on the poem “The Witnesses” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Longfellow was in favour of abolishing slavery. His poem exposes the pride of mankind and the atrocities of our past. The slaves who perished are witnesses to this evil. This poem impacted me greatly, and I felt it was important to write a piece of music that highlighted the deep sorrow and loss that occurred. I believe that all people are equal. Musicians: Zack Lim, piano; Cassidy Zahar, vocals.
Performed on March 9, 2020 at the Composition (COMP VI) grad recital held in the Betty Andrews Recital Hall, MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta.
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