Amabile Strings

The music of composer
Sarah E. Stanton


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Sarah began to hear melodies in her mind very early in her childhood, but it wasn’t until later in life—after a life and career in engineering physics and medicine—that she began to write it down…

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A Special Composition for Israel

February 11, 2014

I am not from Israel, Jewish, or come from a Jewish background. However, history has always fascinated me and so I have read a lot about the history this nation–how it originally formed, the destruction of this country and then the re-establishment of Israel in 1948.

Never in recorded history has any people group maintained their identity after the destruction of their nation and being scatted throughout the world for almost 2000 years, as is the case for the Jews.

Photo by Meg Steward (Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photo by Meg Steward (CC BY-SA 2.0)

When coming back into the land, they quickly took what was considered a “forsaken property” and turned it into one of the most advanced nations in the world in almost every way. It appears that the God of their Bible is truly on their side, for there is enough proof that many promises spoken several (100’s to over a 1000) years ago have since become reality. Yet there are other promises that indicate one day Israel will stand alone as a nation in this world, and that appears to be happening in our lifetime.

I admire the stamina and fortitude of this people group, and what Israel has accomplished in its history and since 1948. In a world where so many people make excuses not to try or blame others for failures caused by self or others, I see this nation not giving up and quitting because times are difficult. I also do not see Israel as a nation that wants to destroy its neighbors, but rather desires to live in peace…

So it is with this mindset that I have begun a composition dedicated to Israel. I hope the music measures up to this nation, Israel, that I highly respect. Only time will tell.

  • RJ Streeter

    Having as yet heard only Sarah Stanton’s Violin Concerto (and that one time only), I nevertheless feel perfectly qualified to say that this work, when completed (I write this in May of 2017), will be an outstanding composition that will touch hearts and minds all over the world. My single exposure to her Violin Concerto last December on KUSC left me limp with reaction and a violent longing to own this incredible piece of music that had so fed my soul. Now that I have finally found it on CD, I’m buying 5 copies – one to listen to, three to give away, and one to put in a bank vault in case something happens to my regular copy. Sarah Stanton is a one in a billion talent, and whatever she writes will reflect that. DO NOT FAIL to buy every piece of her (vastly UNDERPRICED) music you can lay your hands on.