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Hallelujah Variations | Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

A cult classic originally released in 1984, Leonard Cohen’s most well-known song—covered by numerous artists, including legends like Bob Dylan, Bono, and Jeff Buckley is a meditation on the elusive nature of love and the search for atonement. The lyrics contain emotional multitudes in their complexity, and the meaning of “hallelujah” itself seems to shift throughout the song, alternating between despair, yearning, ecstasy, and praise; it emerges as a call that is not solely religious, but profoundly human. As Cohen himself said:

“This world is full of conflicts… of things that cannot be reconciled, but there are moments when we can transcend the dualistic system and reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah.’ …That’s the only moment that we live here fully as human beings.”

Music: Hallelujah Variations (Eight Variations based on a Theme by Leonard Cohen)
Composers: Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe
Pianists: Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

AUDIO:
Audio producer: Monte Nickles
Audio engineers: Monte Nickles & Jim Ruberto
Audio mix and mastering: Monte Nickles
Audio noise reduction: Jim Ruberto

VIDEO:
Directors & producers: Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe
Director of photography: Adam Feuerman
Secondary camera: Emily Rund and Chris Feuerman
Production coordinator: Emily Rund
Production assistant: Brian Lambert
Video editor: Greg Anderson
Video colorist: Greg Anderson
Location: Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana, USA
Sculpture: The Inverted Portal
Sculpture team: Ensamble Studio
Inspiration & support: Cathy & Peter Halstead