based on a traditional Ghanaian folk songfemale choir (SSAA), piano, percussion (agogo bell, African hand drum) (2013)
|Commission||Commissioned by the Octopipers of Kingswood Oxford School, West Hartford, Connecticut, Marcos Carreras, Director|
|Premiere||April 12, 2014 West Hardford, CT, Kingswood Oxford Schoot (USA) · Kingswood Oxford School Octopipers · Choir director: Marcos Carreras|
|Technical requirements||Purchase includes MP3 recordings of a field recording and the original song, as well as a pronunciation guide.|
This piece takes as its basis two Ghanaian folk songs. The first is a brief chorale, with simple block harmonies, and the second is an energetic nursery rhyme-like folk song, sung in unison. After a brief choral prelude, the original tune is presented more or less verbatim and followed by three variations, exploring the rhythms of the piece and using the sounds of the words as pure sound.