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Baljinder Sekhon: There Are No Words

April 26, 2013

This is a work about the helplessness and confusion often found as a side effect of violence and is modeled after our inability to comprehend particular behaviors and events.

Through the 2013 Composer Assistance Program, Baljinder Sekhon received support to attend the premiere of of his piece There Are No Words. Written for a cappella choir, the piece was commissioned by the University of South Florida Chamber Singers and premiered at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 2013.

Baljinder Sekhon writes of the piece: There Are No Words is a common phrase that we hear frequently. It is used when someone is emotionally overwhelmed, negative or positive, and it is in that sense that I titled this piece. More specifically, this work is a reflection on the many types of abuse that permeate our societies and communities. In an attempt to explain, justify, or place blame, the work slowly disintegrates into a textless, nonsensical texture; the final section of the piece presents fleeting harmonies and sentences made up of disordered words. In essence, this is a work about the helplessness and confusion often found as a side effect of violence and is modeled after our inability to comprehend particular behaviors and events. In an attempt to provide answers, the work simply falls apart