When There’s No Hope
I have known a few people in my life who have committed suicide or tried to. Some of them were mere acquaintances, but sometimes they were very close.
You are left with a mix of feelings: shock, regret, grief, anger,... and with the eternal question if you could have done something to prevent it.
This is what this song is about.
Originally I wrote this song for a soprano with a high and angelic voice.
Later I have transposed the song down for Ann and I have rewritten it almost completely. I introduced a new main theme for the violin, and made the arrangement for the verses sound more restless and uneasy.
The song ends with a lament for the deceased, based on vocal improvisations by Ann.
Many thanks to Gareth Balch for helping us out with the lyrics, and providing us with numerous tips to make them stronger and clearer. Lyrics are important in my music, and for a non-native speaker like me, it is often very difficult to know the connotations of some words. Gareth was so kind to help us to put more meaning in fewer words...