The rake (Maggie Furtak)
- Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2016-12-10). Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 1.58 MB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Description: The first and last sections of this short piece both require enough singers on each part to stagger breathe smoothly. Ranges are broad, but not extreme for any part. (Basses have one high C# and sopranos have one high G). No difficult rhythms. Lots of stepwise motion. Melodically interesting lines without difficult intervals. A few dissonances, but overall very intuitive. Be careful not to take the middle section too fast or the eighth note runs will get muddy. Includes a piano reduction for rehearsal. I put the first section in 2 to give it a sense of languid flow, but you'll probably want to dictate the off-beat rhythm for the sopranos when it occurs. Enjoy!
External websites: https://youtu.be/M0L3tJ9uIb8
Original text and translations
There is more welcome in the unbeautiful.
Put down the rake and leave the trees alone.
Let children climb the trees; they will not hurt them.
Keep the long grass for the cool afternoon and hunt for beetles there.
Watch knobbed hands braid hair on the front step.