By Lewis Spratlan | For TTBB Chorus, and Piano, Four-Hands | 9′
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Text by: On poetry by Mary Jo Salter and Brad Leithauser
Year Composed: 2011
Instrumentation: For TTBB Chorus, and Piano, Four-Hands
Format: Full Score
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0420
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From the composer:
The itinerary begins bouncing in 6/8 time for I. Australia: Kangaroo; then a delightful play on musical and textual palindromes arrives in the evocative second movement, II. New Jersey: Halted Train in the Rain. The journey ends with III. Paris: A Rainbow over the Seine, where a musical rainbow swells in choir and piano. Then– “the dazzle of this monumental prism, cut by drizzle, is that it vanishes.”
Like flustered actors
who don’t know what to do
with their hands, they’re hanging
around in awkward clusters,
paws dangling, ears pricked for a cue.
NEW JERSERY: HALTED TRAIN IN THE RAIN
It’s too perfect: can the small boy on the train
really be an OTTO (as finger-painted
on the steamed-up window), a name
PARIS: A RAINBOW OVER THE SEINE
Noiseless at first, a spray
of mist in the face, a nosegay
of moisture never
destined to be a downpour.
Commission/Dedication: Commissioned by The Rutgers University Glee Club, Patrick Gardner, conductor.
Premiere: First performed March 31, 2012 at Mount Holyoke College, by the Rutgers University Glee Club, Daniel Spratlan, conductor.