Producing For A While
(2012) for soprano and ensemble
(2014) for soprano and sextet
text: Julie Choffel
instrumentation (large ensemble):
1*12*1/1111/2pc,hp,pn/2111 + soprano, 2-3 "producers"
flute, bass clarinet, bass marimba, piano, violin, cello, soprano
Singer type: jazz/cabaret/show – with little vibrato and quick, clear sound production.
duration: 8 minutes
premiere of large ensemble version:
Indiana University New Music Ensemble, November 29, 2012
Lindsey McLennan (sop.), David Dzubay (cond.)
premiere of septet version:
ONIX Ensemble, Mexico City, XXXVII Foro Internacional de Música Nueva "Manuel Enríquez", June 2, 2015
recording of septet below:
Voices of Change, David Dzubay, conductor,; Rainelle Krause, soprano; May 9, 2016
septet version with scrolling score:
big ensemble version:
I encountered the poetry of Julie Choffel while working on a project for Voices Up: New Music for New Poetry, a concert at Fordham University - Lincoln Center Campus. Her new book, The Hello Delay, published in March, 2012, won Fordham's annual Poetry Out Loud contest. Choosing three of these poems, I composed a set for soprano, violin and cello. The curiously ambiguous Producing For A While is the third song in the set, and here finds a new home as a work for my favorite sinfonietta, the IU New Music Ensemble.
Perusal Score (large ensemble version)
Perusal Score (septet version)