True to its name, this modern madrigal focuses on lively, compelling rhythms that imitate and celebrate the energy of youth, while gently underscoring its ephemeral nature. Fitting for an advanced choir
Long vocal lines and piano flourishes imitating the ch’in and gong, and far eastern flavors and colors evoke the vastness of Pearl S. Buck's beloved China.
Can a cradle rock in 5/4? This one does, carrying the listener off to faraway harmonic regions and chromatic ideas before returning to a reassuring final cadence in A major.
Vachel Lindsay's poem is subtitled "A Poem Game," and this musical setting is a bit of a game as well - a game of skill as the text provides tongue-twisting turns for the singers. That and the interesting
Unusual sonorities and shifting modes capture the timelessness and simplicity of the everyday images in Patricia Kirkpatrick's poem about small town America.
In this rhythmically delightful lullaby, women’s sprightly nonsense syllables contrast with lyrical men’s entreaties, finally converging as the choir sings the child to sleep.
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