all in a row. (four-part a cappella choir) (unperformed!)

$25.00

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?

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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:

Past performances:

  • 5/4/2018: recorded at CalArts

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