for voice and piano (2020)




4 min.


voice and piano


Drew Hemener : Breathe
Adrienne Danrich : Breathe

Program Notes

“Breathe” is a collaboration between composer Drew Hemenger and soprano Adrienne Danrich.  The powerful text, which includes a short spoken section, is their musical response to the ongoing tragedy of Black lives being lost through violence and ignorance.   The composers are interested in this song being performed by anyone who wishes – please contact the composers or Trudy Chan of Black Tea Music at if you require a different transposition.

dedicated to All Black Lives and People of Color we have lost due to systemic racism, hatred and fear

The premiere was on Sept. 12, 2020 by Adrienne Danrich, soprano, and Brent Funderburk, piano.

Drew Hemenger

Drew Hemenger’s works have been commissioned by the the Boulder Philharmonic, Rogue Valley Symphony, AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20,  The Auros Ensemble, Chamber Music Yellow Springs, Sweden’s Duo Con Forza, the Goldman Memorial Band, Madrid’s Jones & Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo, The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chicago’s Orion Ensemble, pianists Pascal and Ami Rogé, Symphony New Hampshire, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Commercial recordings include Songs from America recorded by the Jones&Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo on EMEC Discos, an EP of Four Places in New York recorded by pianist Henry Wong-Doe on Hemenger’s own label, and Her Final Show by Anthony Dean Griffey and Thomas Bagwell on GPRecords; produced in collaboration with Sing for Hope, the CD includes music from the AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 concert on World AIDS day 2012 at Cooper Union.

Winner of Boston University’s 1996 ALEA III International Composition Competition, Hemenger’s residencies and fellowships include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Banff Centre, Omi International Arts Center, and the Bowdoin and Aspen Music Festivals. He has also served as Composer-in-Residence for the New York-based dance company, RamosDance.

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