Judd Greenstein – We Shall Be Turned (2006)
Written for Setup #1

A video about We Shall Be Turned:

“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.
-Judd Greenstein

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This recording is supported by New Music USA’s CAP Recording Program, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and with funds from The Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.