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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"

instrumentation (septet):
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:


Program Note

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)

score     hello delay

Perusal Score (septet version)

score     hello delay


Score Samples (large ensemble version)

(Pages5, 6, 7, 8, 28, 29, 30, 40, 41, 42 of 42)