A Load of Shoes

2004 | baritone or mezzo-soprano/cello/piano.

Poem by Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever (1913-2010), translated by CK Williams.

Song 2 of The Seed of Dream.

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, Seattle, WA. Music of Remembrance premiered the work on May 9, 2005 at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA.

The premiere recording, with baritone Erich Parce, cellist Amos Yang and pianist Mina Miller, was on Naxos’ For A Look or a Touch. To purchase, please click here

Click here to see a YouTube video from a live performance at St. Katerine Cathedral in Vilnius, Lithuania on Jan 27, 2009. The video features baritone Stein Skjervold (Norway), cellist Tom Collingwood (UK) and pianist Sonata Zuboviene (Lithuania).

Independent Opera Company’s marvelous film about The Seed of Dream can be viewed here

Click here to view Music of Remembrance’s May 2017 performance with mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook.

A new edition will be forthcoming. If you’d like to perform this, please contact me for a new score.



Some newer editions may already have these corrections.

    • Tempo should be 88 to a dotted quarter

    • Piano dynamic in 109 should be p or mp

    • cello part
        • 36, there should be a slide up from the F to the F

        • 122, there should be a slur on the B to the E

        • the last two measures should be an octave down