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Letters for choir

Jenkins, Hayley (2019) Letters for choir. [Composition]

Item Type: Composition


This piece was inspired by a poem by American poet Christopher Poindexter.
The succinctness of his words, their composition and the silence that I felt between them really sounded like music to me. I wanted to re-create this poem with all the possible iterations in tone, texture, structure and hopefully meaning in all possible utterances that is possible with full choir.
The four solos help to personify the possible meanings this poem might offer to it's many readers, as we all project our own personal experience upon art, poetry and song, in our own ways. The notated whispered and spoken parts are just suggestions of utterances, it is up to the soloists themselves to speak the words in their own natural rhythms of speech so that they feel natural and from the heart.

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Letters34.pdf - Published Version
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Depositing User: Hayley Jenkins


Item ID: 14905
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Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 10:13
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2023 02:38


Author: Hayley Jenkins ORCID iD

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Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries


Performing Arts > Music

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