quant j'ai ouy le tabourin (ssaa)

Catalog ID: S-205
Translation: when i heard the tambourine sound
First Line: quant j'ai ouy le tabourin
Composer: william brown
Author: d'orleans, charles duc
Voicing: ssaa
Solo: SS,
Accompaniment: percussion
Language: french
Country: canada
Series: jean ashworth bartle series
Other: 2004 cd06, women, girls

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In the opening of Quant j'ai ouy le tambourin the choir simulates the sounds of sunrise and the thoughts of a young woman as she desires to return to a deep sleep.  Later, the sounds of mourning doves are heard as the other voices portray the conflict in the mind of the sleeper: "Shall I remain complacent and continue to rest?" or "Shall I rise and participate in the Mayday activities?"  The rhythmic tambourine incites the other young men and women to a day full of fun and frolic, but the young woman decides not to give in to the power of the tambourine, and she drifts back into a deep sleep as the opening music is heard again.

This piece features aleatoric graphic notation.   A recording can be found on CD-06.



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