Permutation Every 1934

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Scoring & Instrumentation
Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Lyric Baritone, Bass, Speaker, Two Percussionists, Violin, and Piano
Alternate Title
Permutation Every 1934: Madrigal I from "Flowers of Babel"
Year Authored (or revised)
Duration (min)
12
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Description

Composer's Note:

"Permutation Every 1934" is built upon a text generated via chance operations by the composer and is dedicated to Jackson Mac Low. The text process resulted in unique word juxtapositions and phrases free of human communication intent. Nevertheless, they offered the composer an array of provocative imagery, emotional triggers, and - by liberating the words from traditional grammatical constructs - revealing a syllable-by-syllable potpourri of sonic anomalies. // This musical setting "pretends" to translate the words and word-sequences, providing varying agendas of meaning and emotional implication, served up with a healthy dose of parody and irreverence. (In doing so, might it become "poetry"?)

Comments

Vocal Ranges:

Soprano: D4 - Bb5
Mezzo-soprano: G3 - Eb5
Lyric Baritone: A2 - F4 (F#4 falsetto)
Bass: E2-D4 (E4 - F4 falsetto)

Percussion Needed:

Percussion I: tenor drum, wood blocks, drums, tambourine, cymbal, cowbell, maracas, marimba, glass or ceramic instruments
Percussion II: marimba, maracas, cymbal, cowbell, wood block, tenor drum, tambourine

Speaker plays maracas and piano, percussion plays piano. A conductor is required for performance.

First Perfomance

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Recording

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Text Language - Non English

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Text Source/Author
Richard Cameron-Wolfe, c. 1980.
Ensemble Type
solo voice(s)+2 to 6 instruments
Instrumentalist(s) speak or perform text
Genre/Theme

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Instrument
Soprano , Mezzo-Soprano , Baritone (voice) , Bass (voice) , narrator-speaker(s) , piano , Percussion , violin

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$60.00 score + 6 parts (vocal quartet, speaker, percussion I & II, violin, and piano)
$25.00 score
$10.00 per extra vocal quartet part
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