Category: COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer: Ted Hearne
Arranger: NA
Publisher: Unsettlement Music
Edition:
Voicing: SATB
Setting: unaccompanied

Reviewer:

Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

Composed for The Crossing, this intimate work is suitable for an upper-level classical or jazz choir. Composer Ted Hearne employs a jazzy, syncopated homophony to capture the flighty attention span of a newborn, imagining what the infant might say to its mother.

The work’s main challenge lies in the constantly changing meters and rhythms; conductors would do well to teach these slowly and in short chunks. The piece sits consistently in an inflected E-flat major, so chromatic solfege can be used at length. A handful of significant leaps offers performers an opportunity to practice their vocal agility. In order to maintain a gentle quality, conductors should avoid accenting the work’s many syncopations.

Link (Listen/View):

http://www.unsettlementmusic.com/works/2018/11/10/what-it-might-say-2015-5-min

http://www.tedhearne.com/works/what-it-might-say