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A GENERAL TREATISE ON THE SUPERIORITY OF MOUSTACHES IN COMPARISON TO NAKED UPPER LIPS

FOR SOLO MALE & PIANO

COMPOSED BY

FRANKLIN PILAND

LYRICS BY

SAM REESE


A General Treatise on the Superiority of Moustaches in Comparison to Naked Upper Lips Sam Reese [Idea by Jeffrey Zerda]

A tickle and twitch marks the subtle everyday. Each bite saved and savored twice as long. The challenges presented by your nose neighbor give a normally busy life time to slow down. Soup strainers hanging like moss from ancient trees mark a coming of age. Lip luggage lies dormant until cultivated. Turn your peach fuzz into a push broom.

About the Collaboration: CollabFest 2013 (Initially proposed by Sam Reese) is the result of too much coffee, too much wine, and waking up far too early. Using suggestions from various mediums (Facebook friends, e-mail, Twitter, etc‌) Sam and I worked up a series of short songs and poems to be read as a set, couple, or on their own. This particular idea is one of my personal favorites, drawing upon the humor of the text, and the ideas of social stereotype and awkward adolescence. A particularly fitting work for young male singers, or men who cannot grow a decent moustache (my deepest apologies to you). See more about this project, the six other short works, and Sam Reese’s work at: http://selfchallenges.wordpress.com/category/collabfest-2013/


About the Composer: As a composer and arranger, Franklin has had multiple pieces premiered and recorded by Eastern New Mexico University, University of New Mexico, and University of Texas faculty and students, as well as renowned professionals in the field (most recently Somnia Mortem by David Holsinger and the Lee University Wind Ensemble and Meditations by Jason Missal and the University of Texas Wind Symphony). His choral and band works have drawn attention from legendary composers of our time, Eric Whitacre, Donald Grantham, and Mark Camphouse being some of the most prominent. He has been commissioned numerous works for a wide variety of ensembles, most recently Concoction – Divertimento for Solo Clarinet and Chamber Winds, Nine – Concertino for Tuba and Piano, an Epic for Bassoon and Orchestra entitled Tradegy of the Forgotten World, and Rose Made Man, a One-Act Opera commissioned by the 2015 Cohen New Works Festival.

About the Poet: Sam Reese has played the part of errant writer to many of the works of Franklin Piland. Reese hails from Silver City, NM and completed his undergraduate work at Eastern New Mexico University. An avid lover of music, literature, and the southwest., Reese currently resides in Austin, TX, where he works as an educational assistant and part-time writer.

First printing: November 23, 2013 Duration: Approximately 2 minutes Performance materials available for purchase directly from the composer: purchase@franklinpiland.com franklinpiland.com


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A General Treatise (Full Score)