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Ann's Allemande

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Note from the composer:
This piece is dedicated to the memory of my sister-in-law, Ann Louise Meyers (1956-2004). She was a passionate advocate for the environment, and a wonderful example for her four children. Ann was a force of nature and was herself inspired by nature in all its forms. The 7/4 meter reflects her own uniqueness and the graceful yet proud nature of the Allemande suits her free spirit.
This is the winning piece of the 2017 Massachusetts American String Teachers Association Masters Composition Competition. The judge said of Ann’s Allemande: “It really manages to access a bit of the technique and even the soul of Bach.”
Ann was at home in nature and her older brother found these fitting words by an anonymous Native American author to help us all cope with the loss of a loved one:


Do not stand
at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds
that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight
on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the
morning's hush
I am the soft uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft star that
shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there.
I did not die.


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