Academic journal article Journal of Singing

CAPTIVITY. Three Poems of Toi Derricotte

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

CAPTIVITY. Three Poems of Toi Derricotte

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LAITMAN, LORI (b. 1955). CAPTIVITY. Three Poems of Toi Derricotte. Soprano and Trumpet. Enchanted Knickers Music (BMI), 2008 (Classical Vocal Reprints). Tonal; D^sub 4^-A^sup [musical flat]^^sub 5^; Tess: M, CR; regular and Irregular changing meters; varied tempos; V/M-mD, Trpt/ mE-mD; 9 pages. Soprano.

1. "The Polishers of Brass." Tonal on G;D^sub 4^-A^sub 5^; Tess: M; 3/4,2/4, ... = 80; V/M, Trpt/mE; 3 pages.

2. "Books." Shifting tonalities; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: CR; 5/8,3/4,6/8,9/8,7/8, ... = 100 lightly; V/M-mD, Trpt/M-mD; 2 pages.

3. "The Struggle." Tonal; D^sub 4^-G^sub 5^; Tess: M; 6/8, 8/8, 5/8, 7/8, 3/8, 9/8, ... = 152; V/mD, Trpt/mD; 4 pages.

These three poems by Toi Derricotte (b. 1941) are taken from her book of poems titled Captivity, thus the title of this short song cycle for soprano and trumpet. Each of the three speaks of a kind of captivity: "The Polishers of Brass" who never escape their job because as soon as they have finished, the brass has already tarnished and must be polished again; "Books" that are captive on the shelf-or wherever they might fall-until opened, when they tell all their secrets; "The Struggle" of a family to rise out of their own perceived captivity of skin color into a world that perhaps makes less sense than where they came from. …

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