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Salle Des Departs

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 - 12:50 PM

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Imagine that you're a composer. Imagine getting the commission to write a song that will allow family members to face the death of a loved one.

Well, composer David Lang had to do just that when a hospital in Garches, France, asked him to write music for their morgue, or 'Salle Des Departs.' What do you do? What should death sound like? Producer Jocelyn Gonzales brings us this piece about David Lang and his commission for the “Salle Des Departs.”



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Comments [8]

Lorelei C. Whitman

The idea of having this angelic like music play in a quiet room with the deceased gives peace to those who have such a grand burden of a death in their heart. I really enjoyed listening to how the composer said that this was his way of helping rather than making a song that makes people cry. This idea is one that should be implemented more than in just one hospital in France. Having a loved one who recently passed away those few moments in this serene environment would of really calmed my family. I think that this piece of music was a wonderful creation that will help many people at this hospital. Hopefully more come with ideas like these and can be implemented because it is therapy to the soul.

Apr. 06 2015 07:43 PM
David Wolf from United States

Dec. 17 2014 12:35 AM
michael from st louis

This album is also available on spotify. Its track 6. So beautiful!

Oct. 13 2013 09:08 PM
Eric Vincent

chris, buffy, you can get the CD here:

May. 01 2013 06:18 PM
mark from Planet Earth

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that the title is a pun on the phrase "salle de départ" which means "departure lounge", i.e., the waiting room at a train station, airport, etc. But because it's plural, it suggests perhaps that it's the waiting room for those who have departed [us]. Very touching.

Jul. 19 2012 11:03 AM

The hospital is "Hôpital Raymond-Poincaré" in Garches, France (Jad, don't pronounce the "e" and "s" at the end, they are silents letters, it's "Garch", you where right on your first try).
Raymond Poincaré was President of France during 1st WW (Wikipedia articles available).
"Point carré" (pronounce it "Poin carrey") means "square point" btw :P.

May. 09 2008 01:43 PM

i was actually wondering the same thing. i have looked all over the internet and haven't been able to find a copy of it anywhere.

Apr. 03 2008 07:52 PM

Is it possible to get a copy of this piece anywhere?

Mar. 04 2008 04:59 PM

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