The rake (Maggie Furtak)

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  • (Posted 2016-12-10)  CPDL #42258:         
Editor: Maggie Furtak (submitted 2016-12-10).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 1.58 MB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The rake
Composer: Maggie Furtak
Lyricist: Maggie Furtak

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMotet

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016
Description: The first and last sections of this short piece both require enough singers on each part to stagger breathe smoothly. Ranges are broad, but not extreme for any part. (Basses have one high C# and sopranos have one high G). No difficult rhythms. Lots of stepwise motion. Melodically interesting lines without difficult intervals. A few dissonances, but overall very intuitive. Be careful not to take the middle section too fast or the eighth note runs will get muddy. Includes a piano reduction for rehearsal. I put the first section in 2 to give it a sense of languid flow, but you'll probably want to dictate the off-beat rhythm for the sopranos when it occurs. Enjoy!

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Original text and translations

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There is more welcome in the unbeautiful.
Put down the rake and leave the trees alone.
Let children climb the trees; they will not hurt them.
Keep the long grass for the cool afternoon and hunt for beetles there.
Watch knobbed hands braid hair on the front step.