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Heart [SSA]

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By Laurie Betts Hughes

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Piano Accompaniment, SSA, with multiple solos from within the choir - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Laurie Betts Hughes. Contemporary Classical. Octavo. 11 pages. Published by Dandelion Music Press (S0.234803).

Item Number: S0.234803

If you are looking to highlight your women's group and feature soloists from within the ensemble, this "women's-choir-friendly" piece is a harmonically interesting and pianistically supported way to explore those textures.

The composer writes: "I often find it difficult to find music for grown women: much treble repertoire is written for children's ranges and feature children's themes, and the remainder seems to be about romantic relationships.  When searching for a text that speaks to the nature of a woman, I found Emily Dickinson's little-known "For largest Woman's Heart I knew."  It seemed to pair naturally with "Heart! We will forget him!" and provide context rooted in personal strength."

While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime, usually altered significantly to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time.  A complete, and mostly unaltered, scholarly collection of her poetry first became available five full years after Aaron Copland's musical settings of her poetry.  Laurie Betts Hughes explores what Copland never had the chance to: Emily Dickinson's poem as the poet had conceived it, unedited, and with the punctuation she intended.

2017 Choral Contest Entry

Laurie Betts Hughes, ASCAP \|

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