Sun dancing (Maggie Furtak)

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  • (Posted 2022-03-03)  CPDL #68223:         
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2022-03-03).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 224 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sun dancing
Composer: Maggie Furtak
Lyricist: Nellie Rau
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2022
Description: A fun, fast piece that gives the pianist a chance to shine. SATB with a handful of bars of soprano and alto divisi. Moderate difficulty.

The text, from "Wasp Studies Afield," describes the mating dance of a cloud of solitary wasps, as observed by American husband and wife entomologists, Phil and Nellie Rau, near St. Louis in the early 1900s. Great for a concert with a science, nature, or animal theme.

"Wasp Studies Afield" was published in 1918 and is currently in the public domain in the United States. The text can be freely copied and distributed.

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Original text and translations

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The whole was not a helter-skelter commotion, but a merry whirl to the music of a faint, eerie hum of many wings, with every few moments a rather musical crescendo, which sounded like “zip!”, when a whirling pair would suddenly dash off at triple speed on the wing, in the final fling of joyful abandon...