Composer: Ted Hearne
Arranger: NA
Publisher: Unsettlement Music
Voicing: SATB
Setting: unaccompanied


Michael McGaghie
Macalester College
R&R Chair College & University

Composed for The Crossing, this intimate work is suitable for an upper-level classical or jazz choir. Composer Ted Hearne employs a jazzy, syncopated homophony to capture the flighty attention span of a newborn, imagining what the infant might say to its mother.

The work’s main challenge lies in the constantly changing meters and rhythms; conductors would do well to teach these slowly and in short chunks. The piece sits consistently in an inflected E-flat major, so chromatic solfege can be used at length. A handful of significant leaps offers performers an opportunity to practice their vocal agility. In order to maintain a gentle quality, conductors should avoid accenting the work’s many syncopations.

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