Composer:   R. Murray Schafer
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Arcana
Edition:   NA
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   A Cappella


Christopher M. Cock
Valparaiso University (formerly of Concordia College, Moorhead)
R&R Chair College & University

This will certainly be your “conversation piece.” Using only syllables and a modified diatonic scale, Schafer has constructed an unusual and exciting piece. Composed in 1980, he had no idea how far ahead he anticipated the ethnic music trends. The piece is easy to teach if you have the time to take apart the scale and work with voices separately. Work with written dynamics and proper tempo is essential to allow the whole piece to have shape direction. Exciting to sing, and difficult to memorize.