Travels

By Lewis Spratlan | For TTBB Chorus, and Piano, Four-Hands | 9′

Title: Travels
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
Duration: 9′
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.”

I.

AUSTRAILIA: KANGAROO
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.

II.

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

III.

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.
Recording:

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