ONE CHILD (2014)
for voice and piano
lyrics by Sara Cooper
I'm deeply honored to have been invited to compose this song for An AIDS QUILT Songbook: Sing for Hope. The album features new songs by American composers, performed by an all-star cast of musicians - including Joyce DiDonato, Anthony Dean Griffey, Isabel Leonard, Susanna Phillips, Matthew Polenzani, and many more. It was a privilege to record "One Child" with soprano Melody Moore, and to be a part of this extraordinary project. All profits from the sale of this album will go to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research.
"Among the brand new songs created expressly for this recording is "One Child," featuring beautiful lyrics by Sara Cooper that point to the promising possibility of a child surviving AIDS and ushering in a new era of health and well-being where once there was so much death and suffering. The poet asks "Is this the moment? Is this the time? Is this when we leave it all behind us? When soon only whispers will remind us of those awful scorching decades that took so many lives." Gregg Kallor has set these lyrics with utmost care, with gentle dissonance that perfectly captures the longing of the text. Soprano Melody Moore's singing is exemplary for its beauty and clarity."
— Journal of Singing