Semantic (Maggie Furtak)

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  • (Posted 2018-01-02)   CPDL #48267:       
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2018-01-02).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 1.07 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Semantic
Composer: Maggie Furtak
Lyricist: Maggie Furtak

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2018

Description: A short piece in praise of words, language, and learning, with accompaniment throughout. Two verses. Easy ranges. Easy rhythms. Homophonic. No divisi. Moderately difficult harmony, but all parts are intuitive once you hear it once or twice. Two-minute run time. Quick to learn for an adult chorus. Very do-able for a solid high school group.

External websites: https://youtu.be/6ppnYbsPn1E

Original text and translations

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To write is to think, to be human,
to dance in the tide of history.
We name every bird, then we know it,
finding truth from darkest mystery.

Distinguish the sage from the sorrel,
for words built the reign of ancient kings.
To learn and to speak is to pass on a light.
Build a house of sound for every thing.