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A Palette To Paint Us As We Are

A moving tribute to our skins' true colors

By Elizabeth Alexander

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SSA choir, piano - medium
A moving tribute to our skins' true colors. Composed by Elizabeth Alexander. Secular, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Choral Score. Duration 5 minutes. Published by Seafarer Press (SF.SEA-014-02).

Item Number: SF.SEA-014-02

Text by: Gerald Rich.

Inspired by Gerald Rich's moving tribute to our skins' true colors -- including such luscious shades as mahogany, coffee, champagne and rose gold -- this piece weaves together a wide variety of choral textures and instrumental timbres, moving softly and tenderly from one hue to another, creating a seamless tapestry of sound.

Technical notes: The choral parts do not contain a great deal of repetition, but they are not technically difficult. A capable and expressive pianist is highly desirable.

Composer's note: I first heard Gerald Rich's moving tribute to our skins' true colors in the late 1990s, at a poetry reading where he read from his work. As the opening words of this poem were spoken, the room grew suddenly still except for a few barely audible gasps. As I took in each delicious shade of color, I envisioned a musical language that would contain as much harmonic and melodic color as the poem, moving softly and tenderly from one subtle hue to another.

Themes: Diversity, Social Justice.

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