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Music Text

based on novel by David Grossman


app 12 instruments: voice, sheng, kamanche, clarinet, hyper accordion, strings, percussion, electric guitar, pipa + Nora Fischer

Abbreviations (PDF)

World Premiere
Brooks Concert Hall, Worcester, MA
Silkroad Ensemble
Press Quotes

"From sky-piercing calls to the haunting reverse lullaby - boy to parents - that concludes it, Falling Out of Time is a Kindertotenlieder for our fragile present." —Gramophone

"Harrowing and hallucinogenic, this song cycle about bereavement and isolation has unintended resonance in a year that has familiarized so many with trauma and loss." —The New York Times

"A brilliant return to form… Golijov's music is thrilling… Mesmerizing and important." —The Arts Desk

"An affecting and adventurous work." —BBC Music Magazine

"Told through the inconsolable emotions of a father having lost a son, this epic of sadness from every musical vantage point becomes like a never-ending folk song from the beyond... Consolation is irrelevant. Words once more disappear; they’re too painful. Music, like the universe, simply exists." —The Los Angeles Times

"Deeply moving...voyage of the soul through jagged sweeps of grief and defiance, memory and yearning." —The Boston Globe

"Seductively intense song cycle… Superb." —New York Magazine

"A lure into an emotionally charged but infinitely safe space that is all about our shared humanity… An invitation to let the guard down, to find common ground together." —The Irish Times

"Deeply human…transcending musical traditions and cultural rituals of mourning and creating its own vocabulary of expression." —Stereophile

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