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Mary Kouyoumdjian

This Should Feel Like Home

for large ensemble, pre-recorded backing track, and live processing

(2013)
Duration20'
Movementsi. Eyes on Ararat
ii. Soviet Shadows
iii. They Come to Drink and Pray
iv. The Ground Beneath
v. Removed from Yerevan
vi. This Small Tribe
vii. Mer Hayrenik (Our Fatherland)
CommissionCommissioned by Carnegie Hall
PremiereNovember 20, 2013; Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York, NY; Hotel Elephant • David Bloom, conductor
Instrumentationflute
alto flute
clarinet
bass clarinet

2 percussion (see preview page for full percussion inventory)

piano
electric guitar

violin
viola
cello
contrabass

live processing
Technical requirementsTo obtain electronics for performance, please contact info@eamdc.com.

See preview page for details on electronics.
PublisherPSNY

Media

Program Note

As a first generation Armenian-American, the idea of returning to my ancestral homeland had been engrained in me since childhood, so when I took my first trip to Armenia in 2012, my expectations were extraordinary. My homecoming experience was everything I was told it would be­ –emotional, strengthening, a feeling of immense connection to the beautiful land and the generously warm people. It was also sobering –harshly exposing the current economic state of Armenia’s citizens, the younger generation’s mass migration to escape extreme poverty and limited opportunity, political corruption, and the lingering remains of the Soviet influence on a nation that only recently gained independence. I gazed upon Mt. Ararat, an adopted symbol of the country, now behind Turkish borders, and felt the weight of the Armenian Genocide on this small country, now almost 100 years later.

Understanding my culture and family history is a common exploration in much of my work. This Should Feel Like Home is a follow-up to my 2004 piece Odaraganeen Sharagan [Strangers Song], which related my own feelings of detachment from my Armenian heritage to the detachment of the Armenian diaspora from their homeland as a result of the Genocide. This Should Feel Like Home comments on similar ideas with a new perspective, now nine years later.

The electronic track integrates field recordings I had taken on this trip, from conversations with the locals to folk music to environment.

Samples in Order: duduk lesson in Vernisage marketplace; marching band in Republic Square; announcer at the State Symbols celebration; drinking holy water at Gerard; thunderstorm at Noravank while exploring its graves; tourists throwing wishing rocks at Gerard; church bells, service, and choir at Etchmiadzin; phone conversation with a new friend from Yerevan; tour of Tsitsemakaberd/The Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial; folk players; villager singing“Hayastan (Armenia)” at Lake Sevan; the National Anthem

– Mary Kouyoumdjian

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Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Full Score (3 scores needed for performance) (Digital)

Full Score (3 scores needed for performance) (Print)

Parts (Mov. 11 only) (Print)

Full Score (4 needed for performance) (Print)

Choral Score Set - 20 copies (Print)

Full score and Solo Part (Digital)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Score and part (Print)

Score and part (Digital)

Choral Score Set - 16 copies (Print)
Includes 8 copies of the soprano/alto part and 8 copies of the tenor/bass part.

Chamber Ensemble Score (Print)

Choral Booklet (Print)

Choral Booklet (Digital)

Full Score/Performance Score (includes 3 copies) (Print)

Full Score/Performance Score (includes 3 copies) (Digital)

Full Score/Performance Score (2 required for performance) (Print)

Full Score/Performance Score (2 required for performance) (Digital)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Video and instructions (Digital)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Digital)

Score and Parts (Digital)
Score and part PDF files are delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Full Score (Digital)
A PDF file of the full score is delivered via email upon receipt.

Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Print)
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Tenor/Bass Part (Print)

Parts (Digital)
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Parts (Print)
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Solo Instrument Score (Digital)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Score and Parts (Print)
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Solo Instrument Score (Print)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Print)
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Choral Score (Digital)
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Study Score (print) (Print)

Study Score (print) (Digital)

Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
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SATB choral score (Print)

Vocal Score (Digital)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone score (Print)

Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)

SATB choral score (Digital)

Mezzo-soprano, 2 tenors, baritone score (Digital)