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ing pieces of music I know. Although harmonically quite captivating, the real music is in the rhythmic and metric set- ting of the text. For those singers who have mastered com- mon rhythmic patterns in simple (duple) and compound (triple) meters, the mixed and complex metric nature of this choral work serves as a textbook for more advanced rhythm study and certainly affords the performer and the listener a grasp of the nuances found in the lilting nature of the Walt Whitman text. The four-hand accompaniment creates inter- esting timbres at the piano but this work is most satisfying with the colors of the mallet percussion. Each time I have worked with this piece, I have certainly come away a stron- ger musician but perhaps more importantly I experience increased appreciation of how important the conducting is to the musical learning of the singers. The Michigan State Glee Club shares the unabated musical “dancing” that is this piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jng2_xRs6-o .


Reconciliation, Stephen Chatman (TTBB)


Set to another Walt Whitman text, Reconciliation portrays a Union soldier contemplating his and his enemy’s mortality


at said enemy’s coffin. The musical nature of this work is found in how the composer contrasts parallel chord move- ment with very tight dissonances. The resulting textures, complimented by a taps-like flugelhorn line is haunting, to say the least. My students found great inspiration and reward in preparing this piece and particularly enjoyed performing to appreciative audiences. Having studied this particular composition brought about singer growth in chord tuning, phrase shaping and dynamic nuances. The Amabile Young Men’s ensemble conveys the mystery quite nicely: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfOoq3qSUSU .


As I was writing this brief column I ended up spending a great deal of time listening to these three pieces. Because there is a great deal of musical information in each, I can return to these fine choral works and enjoy rich, musical experiences, again and again. The wonderful thing about teaching and making fine music is that these experiences are always different and with greater understanding, always more satisfying. So, I must continue my search for music that is inspirational, challenging, stimulating and yes, fun.


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