This work is suitable for SA chorus (suitable for children's voices), and small orchestra or piano duet. The fourteen short movements set extracts from the remarkable writings of a thirteen-year-old girl living in Sarajevo in the 1990s. Powers presents his personal response to this book which seemed to capture the spirit of hope and human tragedy in the war-torn former Yugoslavia. The orchestral version is intended for youth/amateur performance, and is available on hire.
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'This is a rare and remarkable work ... The combination has produced a work which is technically within the grasp of primary school children, but whose emotional depth and challenging sound-world will make it a profoundly worthwhile choice for older age-groups. The vocal lines are written with great understanding for young voices - attractive and interesting melodically, sensible in range, flexible in rhythm, following the natural verbal accentuation most intelligently. The 14 brief movements are illuminated by imaginative motifs of perfect appropriateness ... It may take a little courage to tackle rehearsals with an accompaniment in piano duet format, and to present audiences at a school concert with a work which provokes the mind and moves the heart, but a piece of this quality cannot be ignored. Let us have more of these courageous commissions.' Mastersinger 'a touching setting ... There could be few more sobering reminders of the world beyond our shores than these messages from a Sarajevan child, and by implication, few grimmer warnings about the consequences of insular complacency on the wider stage, when the stakes get high.' The Singer