I Died for Beauty, an Accompanied Reading
Flexible instrumentation, narrator
Composed by Paul Burnell. 21st Century, Contemporary Classical, Spoken Word. 7 pages. Published by Paul Burnell (S0.259923).
Item Number: S0.259923
Composed 2015. One of a series offourteen accompaniments to texts published between 1896 – 1899
'I Died for Beauty' was included inthe posthumous collection 'Poems' by the American poet Emily Dickinson,published in 1890.
Duration 3:00 approx.
Two or more players or singers andnarrator.
Instruments in C and singers mayread from the score. Parts are availablefor transposing instruments and viola.
Play/hum in softest octave,instruments muted if possible and others sited away 'off-stage'.
Each player starts and continuesindependently at their own slow tempo.
All to have started by the time thefirst player reaches bar 9 (*)
Each may choose any of the slur orpaused note options ad lib.
The narrator starts reading eitherbefore or after the players/singers have started and may leave substantial gapsbetween the verses. It is also acceptable for the narrator to end after theplayers/singers have finished playing.
At the end, two players - who havefinished before the others - slowly rustle plastic bags, or similar, andcontinue doing this for at least twenty-five seconds after the others havefinished playing.
If suitable amplification isavailable the narrator may whisper the text.
An electronic echo effect may beadded to the instruments.
The piece may be performed withoutnarrator.
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