Blackbird will be premiered by Constella OperaBallet at the opening of the Sir Martin Gilbert Education Centre in Sping 2017.
Clothed in mourner’s black, a defiant bird
sings, then stutters as the hollow silence cages.
In haunted places gripped,
whispering winds and dancing shadows take hold.
In this wretched place a stillness locks
that even death’s afraid to break.
The sun bathes the lines of brick
but falters at the thick wall
Inside the darkened cold a sudden door shuts,
its echo swirling long after close.
On this decaying paper unheard music cast,
a soul’s shadow awaiting open.
Cloaked in the blackbird’s courage I sing,
then together, our melody flows the unsaid.
Let this place live out time’s test and fall never,
so that we do not forget and repeat it not again.
(Leo Geyer, 2016)
clarinet in Bb
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