We Shall Be Turned, 2006 (12′)
for percussion solo
“Turn us to you, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.” This, the beautiful, penultimate line of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, refers to the Jewish concept of teshuvah, turning towards God. Teshuvah is a complicated concept; it is the act of atonement and self-renewal, conceived (as with many Jewish customs) as a life’s work, a process rather than a singular action. In writing a piece for my good friend Sam Solomon, I had the opportunity to play on his instruments, and found myself drawn into a processional music that reached something inside me that I had not expressed before in music. We Shall Be Turned does not hide its elements; they are always there, and always turning. Many thanks to Sam for his great efforts on behalf of this work.