Category: COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer: Ted Hearne
Publisher: Unsettlement Music
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.