Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Senator's Stump Speech

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

The Senator's Stump Speech

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ONE CONCERT ARIA

KOHN, STEVEN MARK (b. 1957). THE SENATOR'S STUMP SPEECH. A concert aria for medium-high (or medium-low) voice and piano. Steven Mark Kohn-Quiet Room Music (BMI), 2006 (CVR). Tonal; Med-H/C^sub 4^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^, Med-L/G^sub 2^-E[musical flat]^sub 4^; Tess: CR; unmetered, 3/4, 2/4, 4/4, ... = approx. 96; V/M, P/M; 3 ½ minutes. Tenor or Baritone.

Despite some disagreement among those who might know, the authorship of this speech is here attributed to Noah S. ("Soggy") Sweat, a judge and member of the Mississippi legislature in the early 1950s. It is a quintessential Southern political stump speech that takes both sides of an argument and manages in addition to remind the audience about the advantageous financial aspects of an otherwise volatile subject. In other words, it is a masterpiece of perhaps unintended comedy.

Here the volatile subject is whiskey. Senator: "Thank you! Thank you very much! …

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