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In Memoriam

A Three-Movement Song Cycle on 21st-Century American Tragedy

Commissioned by Jonathan Bau2sta and Nova Vocal Ensemble

Refrain I. The Fallen II. The CiFes III. Pulse Final Refrain

Music by Amy Gordon Text by Sharon Goldstein Instrumenta9on: SATB Choir, Tenor Drum, & Soprano and Baritone Soloists Dura9on: Approx. 13 minutes

2017 Š Amy Gordon | www.amygordonmusic.com


In Memoriam is a three-movement song cycle, commissioned by Jonathan BauFsta and Nova Vocal Ensemble, for SATB choir and featured soprano and baritone soloists. The song cycle, which sets the text wriWen by Sharon Goldstein, is a commentary on 21st-century American Tragedy, focusing especially on the tragedies that occurred in 2016. The cycle begins and ends with the forward-looking refrain: "An ounce of pain must leaven a pound of love". This refrain brings a sense of hope that love will always overcome hate and pain, and that communiFes will overwhelmingly choose love in reacFon to acts of hate and violence. The first movement, The Fallen, is dedicated to the African-American vicFms of law-enforcementinvolved shooFngs and the Black Lives MaWer movement. It begins with a patrioFc fanfare celebraFng the 4th of July and freedom. The movement then takes a somber turn on the 5th of July, when Alton Sterling was killed. The choir and featured soloists engage in a call and response discussing the vicFms who died at the hands of law enforcement. The choir repeats the line "Do not forget them" as the soloists conFnue to grapple with these tragic deaths. The movement concludes with the soloists and choir begging the listener to not forget these names on the 4th of July. The second movement, The Ci9es, is dedicated to the vicFms of the police officer shooFngs in Dallas, Texas (July, 2016). The movement begins with dissonant chord clusters and the whispering of tragedy-stricken countries and ciFes. As the text turns to memorializing these vicFms, the harmonies become more sonorous and rich. The movement ends with the choir imitaFng muted strings as a featured soprano soloist laments how "nature cries out in pain" when these vicFms' lives are tragically ended too early. The third movement, Pulse, is dedicated to the vicFms of the Pulse nightclub shooFng in Orlando, Florida (June, 2016). A drum beats a steady pulse while the choir members start building the anthemic line "They will not destroy us" word by word. The middle secFon is a more hymn-like passage secng the line "Our pain will bring forth love", with harmonies recalling the first movement. The movement ends with the opening anthemic statement built word by word and a final striking of the drum. Overall this song cycle is an aWempt to memorialize all vicFms of violence while trying to find purpose and hope in the face of overwhelming pain and loss. About the composer: AMY GORDON is a composer, arranger, songwriter, and vocalist based in Los Angeles, CA. She is an acFve choral composer, including being the composer-in-residence for Nova Vocal Ensemble. She has also scored numerous films and webcasts. She has a BA in ComposiFon from Loyola Marymount University and an MM in ComposiFon from California State University, Long Beach. About the poet: SHARON GOLDSTEIN has wriWen commissions for Nova Vocal Ensemble, Jonathan BauFsta, Music Director, as the co-author of the libreWo for A Fantasy Concert, which premiered in June 2016. She is the sole author of the text for the secFon of the concert called “Dragon BaWle.” She has wriWen the text “In Memoriam” with Nova composer-in-residence Amy Gordon; “In Memoriam” commemorates vicFms of gun violence and terrorism. She has also wriWen the text for “She Speaks,” with Ms. Gordon and Alice Dryden; “She Speaks” was inspired by the #MeToo movement. Her workshop, “So You Can Write, But Can You Read?” has been featured by Sisters in Crime’s California Crimewriters Conference. Sharon is a classically-trained singer who has sung with the Gregg Smith Singers and Vox Femina of Los Angeles. She presently sings with Nova Vocal Ensemble, Canterbury Choir at All Saints Church (Pasadena), and is a staff subsFtute at First CongregaFonal Church and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP. Sharon is a Jeopardy! Champion and can put anything in the form of a quesFon.


Text OPENING REFRAIN An ounce of pain must leaven a pound of love. I. THE FALLEN On the Fourth of July we sang freedom with fireworks, parades, and apple pie 
On the Fioh of July Alton Sterling was killed He was the 135th 
On the Sixth of July Philando CasFle was killed 
He was the 136th 
A regiment of African-American men killed in 2016. 
But who didn’t we sing about? Who died in darkness? 
Sandra Bland—we sang her song, in vain. 
Eric Garner—who else couldn’t breathe because there were no cameras? 
Trayvon, Tamir—The children suffer for the sins of society 
We must not forget them 
We do not dare forget them From behind the black velvet curtains of my eyelids 
Rainbow tears stain my face. 
Sing unto the Lord a new song 
A song of despair and tears. II. THE CITIES So many countries: France, Germany, Spain, Syria, The United States, 
So many ciFes: Dallas, New York, Nice, Munich, Aleppo, Paris, Madrid. But in each city a Tree of Life grows. 
The branches canopy the world with love 
And scaWer their leaves across the land, trailing peace. 
On each leaf is inscribed a memorial of the fallen. When a son weeps for his father 
It should be at the graveside of an elder 
With wisdom etched into his face. 
When a father weeps for his son 
Nature cries out in pain. III. PULSE They can’t destroy us all. 
Our pain will bring forth love, even for those who take us 
While our arms reach for angels. 
They can’t destroy us all. 
They can’t. FINAL REFRAIN An ounce of pain must leaven a pound of love.


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for - get

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them.

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w

(mm) niente

w

(mm)

w

niente

(mm)

w w

(mm)

ww ww w

niente


II. The Ci)es

Music by Amy Gordon Text by Sharon Goldstein

From In Memoriam (a Song Cycle on 21st-Century American Tragedy) Dedicated to the vic,ms of the shoo,ngs of police officers in Dallas, Texas (July, 2016) Commissioned by Jonathan Bau,sta and Nova Vocal Ensemble

p

Darkly q = 60

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

bb4 &bb 4 Œ

So

ma

bb4 &bb 4 Œ

œ

œ

So

ma

bb4 Vbb 4 Π? bb4 Πbb 4

œ

p

p œ

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p œ

So

Darkly q = 60

bb 4 & bb 4 ΠPiano

(for rehearsal only)

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p œ œ

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ma

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ma

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ny

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-

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2 4

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2 4

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2 4

(s)

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˙. ˙.

P f bb b ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ & b

4 4

bb &bb

4 4

A 3"

B 3"

C

3"

D

3"

4

S

Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): France, Germany, Spain, Syria, The United States

A

T

B

Pno.

V

P f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): Germany, Syria, Spain, France, The United States

P f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

bbbb

Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): The United States, Germany, Syria, Spain, France

P f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

? bb bb

4 4 4 4

Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): Spain, France, The United States, Syria, Germany

bb & b b ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

4 4

? bb b b

44

Choir whispering

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12

A

T

B

So

bb4 &bb 4 Œ

p

ma

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p

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ma

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ma

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ma

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Pno.

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p bœ p bœ bœ

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ny

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ƒ äœ 2 œœ 4 J

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Œ

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(s)

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S

p

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5

S

II. The CiEes (from In Memoriam)

3"

B

3"

C

3"

D

3"

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A

T

B

bb &bb

P f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): Aleppo, Madrid, Nice, New York, Dallas, Munich, Paris

b V b bb

P f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

? bb bb

P f ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

b b b b b 44 4 bbbbb 4

Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): Paris, New York, Madrid, Munich, Dallas, Aleppo, Nice

Choir whispering

? bb b b

b b b b b 44

Whisper continuously (each at one's own pace): Nice, Munich, Aleppo, New York, Dallas, Madrid, Paris

bb & b b ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pno.

b b b b b 44

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

b b b b b 44 b b b b b 44


II. The CiEes (from In Memoriam)

P Í >œ œ ˙ . bb 4 Œ b œ œ œ J œ œœ˙ & bb4

A

2 4

9

S

But in each

A

T

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B

bb 4 & b b b 4 Œ bœ œ P ? b b 4 Œ bœ œ bbb 4 bœ œ

œ œ œ

œœœœ ˙˙˙ ... œ œ œ ˙ ‰

bb œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ &bbb ‰ J

14

S

The bran - ches ca - no - py

A

the

bb j &bbb ‰ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ The bran - ches ca - no - py

T

the

bb V b b b ‰ œJ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ The bran - ches ca - no - py

B

the

? bb ‰ j œ bbb œ œ œ œ œ œ œ The bran - ches ca - no - py

bb & bbb ‰ Pno.

? bb ‰ bbb

œ œ J œ œ J

œ œ œ œ

œ œ œ œ

œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ

œ œ œ œ

œ.

world

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world

œ.

world

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a Tree of

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a Tree of Life

U

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with love,

U

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and

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and

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j œ œ œœ .. J

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U

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&

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with love,

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and scat - ter

with love,

world

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the

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Life

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2 4

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ci - ty

P 4 ‰ œ œ œ ˙ 4 J

13

leaves

œ œ œ.

œ œœ ..

˙œ

œ J œ œ œ


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44 w j œ œ œ

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42

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2 4

U

3 œ 4 œ

j j œ >œ œ ˙

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C With Weight q = 66

2 4

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p 34 œ-

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p 34 œ -

f 4 wœ œ . œ œ œ ˙ j œ œ œ 4 >

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œ œ

π 4 4 w

2 4

p

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bb V b b b œ ˙.

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Pno.

for

˙

π 4 4 w

U

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B

for

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a

fall - en.

A

mem-o - ri-al

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30

S

for

f bb b ‰ œ œ œ . œ Uœ , ˙ V bb J a

T

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15

II. The CiEes (from In Memoriam)

With Weight q = 66

4 4 wœ œ J π 44 ww

œ ˙ J

wœ œ J w˙ .

œ >œ w

œœ w > j j œœ œ œ ˙ œ ˙.

œ ˙ J œ œ >

˙. w

w

> œ œ

j j œœ œœ œœ ˙˙ > ww

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16

F bb b b Œ œ3 œ œ . & b

36

Sop. Solo

S

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son

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T

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3

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w ˙.

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3 œ >œ >œ >œ J

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40

Sop. Solo

fa - ther,

w

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A

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44

Sop. Solo

S

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T

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S

A

T

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Ó

œ

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˙

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w

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U

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ah

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cries

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w

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Ó

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Ó

U w

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w

˙.

w ˙.

b V b bbb

b Ó

œ œ œ œ

˙

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bb &bbb Ó

? bb b bb

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3 >œ >œ >œ

w

48

Sop. Solo

fa - ther

œ œ œ œ

Ooh

A

œ- œ- . J

II. The CiEes (from In Memoriam)

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> œ

˙ ˙

U

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rit.

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U

w œœ œœ .. J >

œ

in

˙

in

U

w

pain.

U

w

pain.

U

œ œ n˙

cries out in

pain.

œ œ ˙

pain.

cries out in

in

˙

rit.

˙˙ . œ œ œ n ˙˙

œ œ ˙˙ n˙

nw

U

w

U

w

pain.

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III. Pulse

Music by Amy Gordon Text by Sharon Goldstein

From In Memoriam (a Song Cycle on 21st-Century American Tragedy) Dedicated to the vic,ms of the Pulse Nightclub Shoo,ng in Orlando, Florida (June, 2016) Commissioned by Jonathan Bau,sta and Nova Vocal Ensemble

4 &b 4

Steadily q = 92

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

4 &b 4 4 Vb 4 ? 4 b4

Steadily q = 92

Piano

(for rehearsal only)

4 & b 4 ?

4 b 4

44 throughout ˙ ˙ Tenor Drum ã (or a low to medium pitched P Tom) P 7 rhythmic j S & b Œ . œ œ- œ steady and even

de - stroy us

A

T

&b

P V b Œ -̇

Œ

can't

B

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they

& b Œ. Pno.

T.Dr.

P-̇

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ã

˙

Ó

˙

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˙

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˙

j œ œÓ

˙

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Ó

˙

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˙

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˙

j œ œ- # œ Ó

˙

Œ

∑ Œ

4 ‰ œ- . 4

44 ˙

∑ Ó

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they

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˙

Ó j œ œÓ

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˙

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-̇ F -̇ Œ ‰ œ. -

Œ

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˙

˙

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˙

Ó

Ó

Ó

they

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Œ

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Ó

can't

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p -̇

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p ‰ œ- .

4 4

Ó

rhythmic

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˙

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˙

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all

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˙

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j - œ œ œ œ œ nœ Ó Ó

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13

S

A

&b

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Ó

all

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they

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T.Dr.

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ã

all

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˙

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they

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˙

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T

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j - œ œ nœ œ œ œ Œ Œ

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˙

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˙

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w

˙

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w

˙

Œ

œ

˙.

forth

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w

love,

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œ

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œ

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œ

bring

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˙

they

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will

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Œ

Ó

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all

Œ

can't

forth

pain

pain

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Ó

all

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forth

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love,

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Œ

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ww

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w w

˙ ˙

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˙

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bring

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˙. ˙.

˙

œœ

˙

œ œ

˙

˙

˙

˙

our

œ

our

will

will

19

de - stroy us

Í ww -

Œ

œ

-̇ .

de - stroy us

œ

œ œ

pain

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j œ . Œ œ œœ # œ - œ-

œ œ- œ. Œ œ œ #œ J

F Œ ˙ .. -̇

˙

œ

-̇ .

de - stroy us

all

Ó

˙

&b

19

S

Œ

Ó

III. Pulse (from In Memoriam)

œ

our

œ

our

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20

III. Pulse (from In Memoriam)

f ˙ .. &b ˙

œ œ

25

S

f & b ˙.

pain

A

f . ˙ Vb

pain

T

B

Pno.

T.Dr.

?

bring

forth

œ

˙

˙

œ

T

B

Pno.

T.Dr.

Œ

forth,

˙

˙

Œ

bring

forth,

pain

œ

will

˙

bring

˙

forth,

Œ

œœ œ

˙˙ ˙

˙˙ ˙

w Œ

f b ˙.

œ œ

˙

˙

& b 44 Œ V b 44 Œ ? 4 Œ b4 4 & b 4 wŒ ? b 44 Œ

4 ˙ 4

˙ ˙

˙ ˙

˙

4 &b 4 w

ã

love,

will

Œ

˙

œ

˙

bring forth

œ

˙

bring forth

œ

œœ

forth,

bring

˙

Œ

p œ

4 4

2 4 œ 2 4

œ

Œ

œ œ

˙ ˙

˙

>˙ ß

forth,

2 4 Ó

˙

˙

bring

˙

w Œ

www

˙

4 4

˙

˙

˙

p œ

forth,

2 4 Ó

œ p

w #w

bring

˙

forth,

#w

˙˙

forth,

p œ

bring

love,

œ

Œ

love,

love,

bring

2 4

˙

˙ ˙

˙ P

˙ F œ > e F œ > e F œ >

œ œ œ > >

for those

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ven

for those

> œ œ œ > 3

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for those

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˙

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3

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who

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who

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take sub

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for those

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˙

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˙

p

4 4

œ ∑

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3

ven

forth

4 4

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p œ

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œ

bring

forth,

w

2 4 œ

p

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bring

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w

œ

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bring forth

œ

p

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w

love,

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bring

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pain

30

S

˙˙

will

will

˙. & b ˙˙ .. f ˙. ? b ˙.

ã

˙˙

4 4 4 4

44 j œ- ˙

2 4

j œ- ˙

42

p

us,

p

us,

p

us,

j œ- ˙

42

j œ- ˙

2 4

us,

j œ ˙ œ- ˙

2 4

˙

2 4

œ- ˙ œ ˙ J

42


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22

& b œ˙

45

S

œ

reach

A

& b œ˙

œ˙

for

œ

œ˙

reach

T

Vb ˙

for

? ˙ b

˙

œ

reach

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T.Dr.

& b œœ ˙ ?

ã

œ œ

for

œ œ

˙ b ˙

ƒ ƒ wœ > an ƒ w an

ƒ w

an

œœ ˙˙

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œ ˙

œ

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ww

an

for

reach

B

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III. Pulse (from In Memoriam)

ww wœ > ƒ w w

-

-

˙ -

-

-

-

œ œ

-

U

œ œ ˙

gels,

U

ww

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w

U

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˙

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œ

œ

w

gels,

>j ww œ ww

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U

œ œ ˙

U w

w

U ∑

˙

ƒ

˙


&b Ó

49

Sop. Solo

œœb & sub

S

F > > Œ œ œ

>œ >œ >œ

While our

arms reach for

˙-̇ ..

˙˙

an - gels.

sub

A

&b œ -

p

T

V b œ-

p

sub

B

p

T.Dr.

ã

Ó

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Ó

42 ˙˙

an

Ó

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˙

Ó

2 4 # ˙-

˙

˙ 2 4 ˙˙˙ p 2 ˙ 4 #˙

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an

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> œ

ƒÓ Ó

˙

4 w 4

˙

Ó

4 w 4

˙

Ó

˙

Ó

-

44 w

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44 w

˙

Ó

-

4 w 4

˙

Ó

4 ww 4 w

˙˙ ˙

Ó

4 ww 4

˙ ˙

Ó

Ó

˙

let fully ring

-

˙

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Ó

-

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an - gels.

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˙˙

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? #œ b -

an

2 4

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an - gels.

sub

ƒ ˙

3

3

p

23

III. Pulse (from In Memoriam)

an

an

2 4 Ó

-

gels.

gels.

gels.

gels.

gels.

4 Ó 4

˙

ß


24

III. Pulse (from In Memoriam)

C

&b

S

A

T

B

&b

Vb

?

b

& b Pno.

T.Dr.

Steadily q = 92

55

A

P ‰ œ- .

P -̇ Œ ‰ œ. rhythmic

˙

˙

P

j œ œ œ œ-

& b Œ.

de-stroy

P &b ˙ -̇

œ œ-

us

Ó

B

Vb Œ

T.Dr.

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ã

˙

Ó

Œ

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˙

˙

Œ.

j œ œ œ œ-

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can't

they

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Œ.

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˙

œ œ Œ

Ó

Ó

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us

can't

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˙ j œ œ œ œ ˙

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œ œŒ

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they

˙

j œ œ œ œ-̇ P

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œ œ #œ

F j œ œ œ œ-

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all

us rigidly

they

˙

all

T

Œ

Ó

rhythmic

60

S

Œ

can't

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Œ

44 Π.

2 4

4 4

2 4

2 4

2 4

42

42 >˙ ß

P -̇

P-̇ Œ 44 ‰ œ . -

44 ˙ P

Ó

j Œ. œ œ œ œ ˙˙ Ó -̇ Œ ‰ œ. Ó -

œ

us,

œ œ Œ

˙

j œ œ

Œ.

de-stroy

P

œ

us,

Ó

all

Œ

can't

they

can't

˙

de-stroy

P 4 ‰ œ- . 4

us

Œ

they

Œ

Ó

P j œ œ

4 Œ. 4

Œ

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˙

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Ó

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j œ œ œ œ Ó

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de-stroy

P -̇˙

Ó

˙

42

us

Œ

can't

they

j œ œ œ œ-

Œ.

all

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œ œ-

Ó

F -̇

all

rhythmic

Steadily q = 92

de - stroy

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? b

ã

P Œ -̇

Œ.

P j œ œ œ œ-

rhythmic

Ó

˙

œ Œ

Œ.

can't

they

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˙

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˙

œ Œ


F & b ‰ œj œ œ œ-

65

S

A

T

B

&b

F

they can't de - stroy

T.Dr.

all

Vb Œ

Œ

can't

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Ó

& b ‰ œj œ œ F-̇ -̇ Œ ? b ‰ œ. -

œÓ

ã

us

Ó

they

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œ-

˙

Ó

˙

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all.

w

all.

w

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Œ

can't

F -̇ .

F ‰ œ- ˙ . J

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w

they can't.

they can't.

˙

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˙

f -̇ .

f ‰ œ- ˙ . J

Œ

can't.

P ‰ œ- ˙ . J

˙

25

III. Pulse (from In Memoriam)

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they can't.

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Final Refrain

Music by Amy Gordon Text by Sharon Goldstein

From In Memoriam (a Song Cycle on 21st-Century American Tragedy)

P 4 & b 4 ‰ œj œ œ ˙

Commissioned by Jonathan Bau2sta and Nova Vocal Ensemble

Lifting q = 56

Soprano

An ounce of pain,

Alto

Tenor

Bass

(for rehearsal only)

V b 44

? b 44

4 j & b 4 ‰œ œ Ó P ? 4 b 4

f ˙ & b 44 ˙

œ ˙ ‰œ J

œ,œ œ

f 4 & b 4 ˙˙ f 4 Vb 4 ˙

,

, œ œ

lea - ven

B

f ? b 44 ˙

Pno.

a

,

a

œ œ

lea - ven

˙ & b 44 ˙˙˙ f ˙ ? b 44 ˙

a

œœ œ

lea - ven

T

P ‰ j œ œ œ ˙

œ

a

œ, œ œœœ œ œ œ

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pound

˙

pound

‰ j œ œ Ó

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