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The Saddest Noise is a setting of Emily Dickinson's poem The Saddest Noise, the Sweetest Noise. It begins the story of The Lost Birds in spring: the season of birth and renewal, and a time of year when bird songs flood the skies. But what is ordinarily a joyous sound is now riddled with sorrow, as the songs of the remaining birds remind us of the ones we've already lost.

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