This piece is an adaptation of the instrumental movement Reflection in Kim André Arnesen’s large-scale work The Stranger. Arnesen was inspired by research showing the emotional effect of having eye contact with a stranger for only a few minutes. Studies have shown that this can develop deeper trust and empathy for each other. The idea was to have the audience facing each other to make eye contact during the performance. With that being essential for peace among people, Arnesen used the texts ‘Dona nobis pacem’ (‘Grant us peace’) and ‘Miserere nobis’ (‘Have mercy on us’) for this version for choir. An optional piano part is supplied which not only supports the choral harmonies, but provides underlying momentum, though a slightly slower tempo is suggested if the piano accompaniment is used.
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