Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars

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

Poem by Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever (1913-2010), translated by Leonard Wolf.

Song 4 of The Seed of Dream.

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, 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

Acis Productions released Art Songs of the Jewish Diaspora in March, 2024. To purchase this CD with bass-baritone Ian Pomerantz, pianist Byron Schenkman and cellist Sarah Freiberg, please click here.

Click here to see a YouTube
 from a live performance at St. Katerine Cathedral in Vilnius,
Lithuania on Jan 27, 2009. It 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.

Measure 2 should be identical to 1. The G on beat 2 should be a G sharp.