Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Turn, Turn

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Turn, Turn

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"TURN, TURN" (Bethany Ringdal, adapted by Libby Larsen). Baritone and Piano. Libby Larsen Publishing, 2011.Tonal; F^sub 2^-F^sub 4^; Tess: wide, mH-H; 6/8, ... = 78-80, with a wise, calm flow; V/mD, P/M; 6 pages.

Commissioned in honor of the 150th academic year of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2011, this setting of a text adapted by the composer from the poetry of Bethany Ringdal uses three tunes: "'Tis the Gift to be Simple," "Turn, Turn," and "Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round." The song opens with an ostinato octave figure in the bass (D down to G) under quartal chords combined with octave melody in the treble. The voice enters with three repetitions of the word "turn," the first sustained, the second with a small ornament, and the third melismatic-"We turn, turn, turn in search of light,/ Turn, turn to come 'round right;/ turn, turn, turn again to find the light without shines quietly within-and where we are is where we've always been." As the turning figures, quartal harmonies, and octave melodies develop throughout the song in both voice and piano, the three tunes arise, one after the other. Polyrhythms in the piano create the sense of stillness at "until the turning stills ... and Light is all as it has always been." The voice spans two octaves from F^sub 4^ down to F^sub 2^ in the last two lines, ending on the low F while

the piano plays softly a variation of "Simple Gifts." This is an excellent vehicle for a bass baritone with good high and low Fs and would be very effective in many settings.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Libby Larsen Publishing, www.libby larsen.com.

Oxford University Press, www. …

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