We Exist


for SATB chorus w/ string orchestra
Please purchase sufficient quantities of the choral score for your ensemble. (2018)



New Hampshire Master Chorale
Recorded Live, June 24, 2018


15 min.


Naseem Rakha

Program Notes

The 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia—and the tepid response from the highest level of government—revealed dark undercurrents of xenophobia, sexism, racism and homophobia that shook me to my core. The arc of justice has taken us two steps forward, one step back. At times it even seems like one step forward, two steps back. It’s time to redouble our efforts. We Exist responds to hatred with a call to action. Each of us carries the responsibility to open our hearts and speak against affronts to freedom. This piece celebrates the strength of diversity and honors all races, all faiths and all genders. All. Love and equality begin with you.

Oliver Caplan

Award-winning composer Oliver Caplan writes melodies that nourish our souls, offering a voice of hope in an uncertain world. Mr. Caplan’s works have been performed in over 120 performances nationwide. He has been commissioned by the Atlanta Chamber Players, Bella Piano Trio and Bronx Arts Ensemble, among others. Winner of a Special Citation for the American Prize in Orchestral Composition, additional recognitions include Veridian Symphony Competition Wins, Fifth House Ensemble Competition Grand Prize and VCCA fellowships. Recordings of Mr. Caplan’s music include his 2012 debut album Illuminations, 2015 EP Moon Over Appalachia and a track on the Sinfonietta of Riverdale’s 2016 album New World Serenade. www.olivercaplan.com

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