Andrew Lewis’s Lebenslieder – Daybreak has been awarded second prize by an international jury at Concours international de composition électroacoustique KLANG!, Montpellier, France.
Composed as part of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, the work is a song-symphony for chamber ensemble with electronics, in which the vocal part consists of extracts from recorded interviews with people with dementia and their partners who care for them. Their voices are translated directly into musical material, bringing the experience of living with dementia into the concert hall.
Daybreak, the first movement of Lebenslieder, concerns the moment of realisation when those with dementia, or those close to them, first started to notice something was different. This ‘dawning’ of the realisation that there may be a problem is followed by the reactions of family and friends, as the reality of the situation is brought into ‘the full light of day’.