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The Sad Park

Released: 08/30/11


Michael Gordon

The Sad Park


  1. The Sad Park



Part 1 two evil planes broke in little pieces and fire came
Part 2 there was a big boom and then there was teeny fiery coming out
Part 3 I just heard that on the news that the buildings are crashing down
Part 4 and all the persons that were in the airplane died

Performed by Kronos Quartet, The Sad Park was recorded by NPR member station WUFT FM, Gainesville, Florida, a broadcast service of the University of Florida at the Phillips Center, September 10, 2008.

"The recordings used in this piece of children, ages 3 and 4, were made by Loyan Beausoleil, pre-kindergarten teacher at University Plaza Nursery School in Lower Manhattan, between September 2001 and January 2002. (My son Lev was in Ms. Beausoleil?s class during this period.) Her ongoing work with these children is chronicled at I worked with sound designer Luke DuBois on the post-production of these tapes. I am deeply grateful to the Kronos Quartet for their artistry and their support in the creation of this work." - Michael Gordon

The Sad Park was commissioned for the Kronos Quartet through the generosity of Mrs. Ralph I. Dorfman with additional support from the Barbican, London, U.K., and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kronos Quartet is:
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello