2020 First Place High School Music

"Unforgotten" by Neelie Lim, Caddo Magnet High
(Teacher: Deborah Morehead)

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Composer's Statement

This music composition addresses how the camp survivors move from liberation to recovery. The violin solo shows the indescribable torture survivors dealt with in the concentration camps. The song then transitions to plucking which conveys liberation and the process of relief. However, the violin solo outro portrays the extreme after effects of being a Jew in the Holocaust. Emphasis is on the feeling of having survived, yet losing the most important people in their lives. Overall, the musical piece expresses the survivors' memories of hardship and having to move past them after all these years.