all in a row. (four-part a cappella choir) (unperformed!)
Run time: approx. 3′. Voice 1 range: B3-Db5. Voice 2 range: B3-F#4. Voice 3: Db3-E4. Voice 4: B2-Db4. When I set this poem by John Reed, I centered on one question: how do you feel when you hear the word clinic?
How do you feel when you hear the word clinic?
That word claims the title of John Reed’s poem, which I’ve set to music here. To me, clinics are a fascinating juxtaposition of order and chaos—they seem to function as if all goes according to plan, all the time, but below the surface is a team of professionals and patients alike struggling to cope with frequently life-altering circumstances. Whether you’re going in for a physical, a mental health appointment, an inpatient stay, or surgery, like Reed’s poem alludes to, clinics are severe and sterile and often a little unsettling.
As I wrote all in a row. I worked to evoke that feeling of never quite being settled. Motives that are introduced early on rework themselves until they appear completely altered and almost incomprehensible. For the most part, I left Reed’s text untouched, save the variations on “square white cells, all in a row” that run throughout the piece. It is my hope that performances of all in a row. leave listeners slightly disoriented and just a little bit concerned.
Run time: approx. 3′. Voice 1 range: B3-Db5. Voice 2 range: B3-F#4. Voice 3: Db3-E4. Voice 4: B2-Db4.
all in a row. perusal (preview before you buy!)
Listen to a recording made at CalArts in a reading session in the spring of 2018:
- 5/4/2018: recorded at CalArts