Fourteen part Women’s choir, piano and glockenspiel
September Beaches was originally a commission for the UT Womens Chorus. It ended up being a kind of lament for the end of summer. I told this story through a text collage of beach boys lyrics. As it turns out there are only a handful of Beach Boys songs with the word ‘summer’ in the title. From those songs I culled individual words to create a text full of images and associations to summer. The result is something like a Morricone piece, where words convey an image, place, and mood, but dont necessarily have a narrative or even syntactical relationship to each other. It’s more like a tapestry of words evoking the pleasure of summer and the melancholy we feel as autumn approaches.
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Premiered 4.24.07 St. David Episcopal Church, Austin, TX.