If We Must Die - for Wind Band with a vocal solo
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Large Ensemble Voice - Level 4 - Digital Download

SKU: A0.1014619

Composed by Jussi Lampela. 20th Century. Score and parts. 129 pages. Jussi Lampela #5992087. Published by Jussi Lampela (A0.1014619).

Program notes

This composition got its inspiration from the powerful poem by the Jamaican-born Claude McKay, first published in 1919. The composition follows the defiant character of the text, which is set to a Shakespearean sonnet form, containing 14 lines of text. The text is often used as a symbol of political resistance, calling for oppressed people to resist their oppressors.

The march-like character of the music underlines the text's function, and the music has also some surprising accents and chromaticism to keep the overall tone from being too serious.

Performance notes

The main lead melody is tailored for a soprano singer, but the main melody part is also possible to perform on an instrument, in the absence of a suitable singer. Following melody parts are included:

Voice (also applicable for non-transposing instruments in treble clef)
Treble clef in Bb and Eb

If using a singer for the melody, consider a slightly operatic approach and try to convey the bitter, grim sarcasm of the text.

Grade 4. Duration ca. four minutes
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