Composer: Craig Hella Johnson
Publisher: G. Schirmer Inc.
Edition: HL 50498606
Voicing: SSAA
Setting: Piano


Sarah Ludwig
The College of St. Scholastica
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

The final movement of Craig Hella Johnsons’ set, Dorothy Poems, captures the longing of the heart and a return to self in two sections. Fitting for an advanced high school or intermediate college choir, the opening phrase must be treated with care when introducing it. Applying solfege throughout this piece while learning, particularly in less commonly encountered intervallic leaps, provides an opportunity to advance musicianship. Build the sense of line and breath control in singers both in the motion of the sixteenth notes in the first section and in the sustained ending.

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