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Sarah Kirkland Snider

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Scenes from 'Unremembered' (2011)
Commissioned by Roomful of Teeth
Work Notes
Live performances of Unremembered are further brought to vivid, immersive life through the inclusion of the Unremembered artwork, created by the cycle’s writer/illustrator, Nathaniel Bellows. For image/video licensing information for Unremembered artwork, please write to
Text Writer
Nathaniel Bellows
G Schirmer Inc
Chorus a cappella / + 1 instrument
Year Composed
18 Minutes
SSAATTBB (Vocal Octet or Choir)
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Programme Note
Sarah Kirkland Snider Scenes from 'Unremembered' (2011)
Related works:
   Scenes from 'Unremembered' for vocal octet or choir and piano - 18'
   Selections from 'Unremembered' for two voices, quartet, and electronics - 18'
   The Swan from 'Unremembered' for voice and piano - 4'
   Three Songs from 'Unremembered' for mezzo-soprano, chamber orchestra, and electronics - 16'
   Unremembered for 7 voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics - 57'
   Unremembered for 3 voices, chamber orchestra, and electronics - 57'
   Unremembered for 3 voices, ensemble, and electronics - 57'

1. The Guest 4:45
2. The River 3:43
3. The Girl 2:54
4. The Song 3:36
5. The Orchard 4:16

Songs can be performed separately.

“Unremembered is all about exploding genres, bringing Van Dyke Parks into conversation with John Adams, My Brightest Diamond into collision with Edgard Varèse, and art song into contact with concept album. A recording is out now on New Amsterdam Records, and it’s great.”
Dan Ruccia, Indy Week,05/10/2015
“[Unremembered is] haunting, orchestral and poetic…cinematic and atmospheric…”
Interview Magazine,23/09/2015
“[Unremembered is] music of thoughtful inquiry and humane emotion, willing to embrace a modicum (or more) of overt beauty but suspicious toward too-easy sentiment or the merely pretty and ornamental…a heady blend of thoughtful intricacy with forthright emotional appeal…the setting composed for each [song] is rhythmically and tonally distinct, a sequence of craftily detailed tableaux, rich with surprise and nuance.”
George Wallace, Genre, I’m Only Dancing, “A Boy’s Own Gothic” ,04/09/2015
“…Unremembered is as enthralling in its musical flow as its lyrical narrative, and the way Snider guides, teases, and manipulates the listener is masterful. It’s a stunning, immensely rewarding experience…”
Adrien Begrand, PopMatters,27/08/2015
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