Songs from the Ringelblum Archive is a setting of texts by poets of the Warsaw Ghetto. These Yiddish texts were hidden along with other cultural artifacts in the secret Ringelblum Archive. The texts were translated into English by Sarah Traister Moskovitz and can be found at <<www.poetryinhell.org>>. Permission to set the texts was granted by the copyright holders.
All songs are accompanied by string trio (violin, cello and piano) and feature different combinations of the two solo voice parts: songs 1 & 6 are for soprano and tenor; songs 2 & 4 are for soprano; songs 3 & 5 are for tenor. The entire cycle is approximately 15 minutes in duration.
Songs from the Ringelblum Archive was premiered in Winnipeg in April, 2017. Performers were: Sara Kirsch, soprano; Bob Maclaren, tenor; Oleg Pokhanovski, violin; Minna Rose Chung, cello; Judith Kehler Siebert, piano.