This is the second song I’ve recorded for my Book Scores project. It is inspired by The Mirador by Elisabeth Gille, translated from the French by Marina Harss, and published by NYRB Classics. The full title of the book is The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by her Daughter. It’s got an interesting story behind it. Elisabeth Gille wrote it as the made-up memoir of her mother, who was arrested and killed by the Gestapo when Gille was only five years old. Her mother was a popular novelist named Irene Nemirovsky, and she has found new fame in the United States in recent years with new editions of her novels in English, including the breakout bestseller Suite Francaise.
I didn’t have a particular scene in mind when I wrote this song. Instead, I was thinking about some of the feelings I got from the book. Granted, The Mirador is filled with pogroms and terror and suspicion and uncertainty while Europe is teetering on the tipping point of war. Nevertheless, I still felt within it a quaint dream-like quality, which is what I tried to capture in the song.
Listen to the track below. You can download it for free right here.
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