The Suni Project: Music Preservation

Grikor Mirzaian Suni (1876-1939)

1723 Wells | Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3601 USA | (734) 996-1949 | info@suniproject.org

Lo-Lo

Lo-Lo is a special dramatic, heartbreaking, yet ultimately inspiring contrapuntal a cappella choral work which re-enacts a scene from Armenian history. The men gather in the dark at the top of the mountain before dawn, calling softly to each other to find each other, starting on Low G with long notes: “Lo-Lo”. The mountain is probably Mount Sipan. As they find each other, they stealthily descend the mountain to the enemy encampment before the enemy has a chance to attack them first. There is a battle, and blood is spilled. They vow at the end to let no more blood be spilled.

The four independent voices of this work can be expressed by instruments other than human voices. This is the case with much of Suni’s music, which is versatile because of the contrapuntal nature of its four voices, like music of Bach. We have a recording of a chamber group performing this piece at our 1998 concert November 13, in Southfield, Michigan at the AGBU Alex and Marie Manoogian Armenian Day School, with cello, viola, violin, flute, and piano.

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