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Julia Wolfe

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Believing (1997)
Red Poppy
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Sub Category
Mixed Ensemble
Year Composed
9 Minutes
Programme Note
Julia Wolfe Believing (1997)
Composer Note:
The title for Believing came to me after the music had been written. During the time I was working on the piece I had been listening to a song by John Lennon called Tomorrow never knows. It’s a fantastic song – very psychedelic- written at a time when the Beatles were exploring spiritual questions. You can hear it in the music, and in the words. There’s a line, “it is believing” that comes back again and again. Believing is much a powerful word – full of optimism and struggle. It’s hard to believe and it’s liberating to believe. The music is very much written for the Bang on a can All-Stars. It is my second piece for the group and I feel that I have really gotten inside their sound. Believing was commissioned by NPS Dutch Radio. I am very grateful for their support for this work.

— Julia Wolfe

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