Zlata's Diary

Anthony Powers (1953)

Zlata's Diary 1995

1111 - 1100 - timp.perc (1) - strings
Duration 
13
Solist 
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Text from "Zlata's Diary" by Zlata Filipovic.

"Zlata's Diary" is an account, by a thirteen-year-old Bosnian girl, of the time (1991-93) before and during the siege of Sarajevo. It describes, simply and movingly, the impact of war on a child. It seemed to me very appropriate to try and match this quality in a musical setting for children's chorus, and I have kept to the spirit and shape of the diary. The settings are like brief diary entries themselves with the music (for SA chorus, with chamber orchestra or piano duet) as direct and straightforward as I could make it. The text is, for obvious reasons, a very much abbreviated version of the book, so that the piece moves rapidly through the two years of the diary in less than fifteen minutes, but I have tried to include most of the main episodes in the story.

The piece was commissioned by Mary Denniss, director of Highcliffe Junior Choir, with funds made available by Southern Arts Board and the Foundation for Sport and the Arts. It was written in early 1995, during some of the worst of the 'troubles' in the former Yugoslavia, but it might stand as well for any time in which people, and especially children, find themselves caught up in events beyond their control, or even understanding.

The first performance was given by Highcliffe Junior Choir and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, conducted by Tamás Vásáry, at the Wessex Hall in Poole on 15 November 1995.

Anthony Powers

Comments 

Version for choir and piano duet also available.

Performances 
15.11.95 Wessex Hall, Poole: Highcliffe Junior Choir / Bournemouth Sinfonietta / Tamas Vasary
1
Flute
1
Oboe
1
Clarinet
1
Bassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Timpani
1
Percussion
side drum, bass drum, drums, sizzle cymbal, hi-hat, guiro, whip
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