2021 First Place High School Music

"Night" by Caleb Joseph, Caddo Magnet High
(Teacher: Deborah Morehead)

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Composer's Statement

My piece, based on Elie Wiesel's Night, addresses the first theme: remembrance. The opening is joyful, as the Jews were. The next, darker phrase represents Moishe's warnings of the coming horrors. But the Jews regarded him, so the joyful music returns. The minor chord symbolizes Elie's family being taken, and the chord splits into individual notes reflecting his family being separated. The following section feels harrowing, mirroring Elie's experiences. The progressively faster notes represent the Death March, ending with a major chord: liberation. Finally, there are somber echoes of the opening theme, ending unresolved - he is free, but forever changed.