The Singers (Barbara Rosen)

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  • (Posted 2020-07-23)  CPDL #59860:       
Editor: John Hetland (submitted 2020-07-23).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Singers
Composer: Barbara Rosen
Lyricist: Barbara Rosen

Number of voices: 7vv   Voicing: 7 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2000
Description: Barbara's early impression of the Renaissance Street Singers. She wrote the poem (and three more) immediately after her first Caroling Party, in 1999, and turned it into a round while home with a fever during the 2000 Loft Concert.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The tigers arrive, amiable, languid, sauntering in with swishing tails.
They belly up to the counter for chips and dips and cookies and cheese.
Their eyes slant with pleasure; their whiskers redden with wine.
This is, as always, a free assembly: there are no traps, no whips;
there's no coercion.
From their places on the small, hard chairs the tigers make a show
of flashing white fangs at the ringmaster. He smiles.
He knows they wouldn't be here if they didn't enjoy it.