A New Silence in the Cities

Simon Rackham

‘A New Silence in the Cities’ was composed for electric piano during the first week of the ‘lock-down’ due to the Covid-19 virus in Italy. Like everyone I was struck by the incredible silence of places normally thronging with people, and seeing pictures of cities across the world suddenly empty as each country imposed measures to tackle the outbreak was surreal. I look forward to the time when this doleful new silence of the cities is drowned out by the return of the usual sounds of the city with all the regular bustle and activity.

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