Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Dear God

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Dear God

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SISCO, DAVID (b. 1975). DEAR GOD. Duet for soprano and mezzo soprano (or for solo soprano). Published online by the composer. (Songs can be viewed and purchased at www.siscosong.com.) Mostly traditional keys, a few X; B^sub 3^-A[musical flat]^sub 5^; less: CR, M; regular and irregular meters with changes; varied tempos; V/E-mD, P/E-mD; 5 measures-2 pages. Soprano and mezzo soprano or solo soprano. TITLES: I. "Joyce"; II. "Charles"; III. "Peter"; IV. "Allison"; V. "Barbara"; VI. "Dennis"; VII. "Carrie"; VIII. "Frank"; IX. "Charlene"; X. "Norma"; XI. "Jeff"; XII. "Thomas."

These twelve settings of amusing kids' prayers are an exercise in musical miniatures. With such short texts, the composer must get the musical material just right from the very first note to capture the mood and meaning accurately. David Sisco has been quite successful in creating a short group of songs that move rapidly through the changing moods from child to child. The musical material captures the essence of each text, and expressive markings such as "Prayerfully," "Slightly detached," "Simply," "Angrily," "Mysterioso," "ala Poulenc, tres condescending," "Luminous," "Lovingly," and "Awestruck" indicate the variety of attitudes. …

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