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1996, Revised 1998 | baritone or mezzo-soprano/double bass in C or solo tuning (D) or baritone/cello.

Poem by Jerzy Ficowski (1924-2006), translated by Keith Bosley and Krystyna Wandycz.

Song 1 of cycle Holocaust 1944.

Song 1 of chamber opera Come to Me in Dreams.

The premiere recording is on the 2003 Albany release Dreaming with baritone William Sharp and double bassist Gary Karr. Click here to purchase.

Click here for more information about the Acis’ release Holocaust 1944, with baritone Dashon Burton and double bassist Logan Coale.


Some newer editions may already have these corrections. If you have an older copy, please contact me for an updated score.

  • 13, remove the decrescendo in the bass part.
  • 15, the first chord in the bass should be written an octave lower than is printed. There should be a forte marked under that chord, and the diminuendo should be on the last three eighths.