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歐陽良仁

TURBINE for moving choir along the water

TURBINE was commissioned by Leah Stein Dance Company and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, conducted by Alan Harler, for the 200th Anniversary of the Fairmount Water Works · June 27 & 28, 2015 Duration variable (circa one hour)

February 2015


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Performance Notes TURBINE is for moving choir along the water. The score provides a template of filtered text and sounds. Inspired by the historic and contemporary significance of the Fairmount Water Works, TURBINE invites water awareness. Notation

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Example 1

The score is composed in both an open and traditional western notation. For open notation, start anywhere on the page and go anywhere. Notes without stems can be for any duration: play with both short and long (Example 1). Sing motifs without bar lines once, then go to next motif (Example 2). Sing motifs with repeat signs once or numerous times (Example 3). Sing notes in any octave, changing at will. Dynamics are influenced by the location, lyrics and audience/singer proximity. Rehearsal TURBINE contains conducted and free sections. Conducted sections are indicated with a tempo suggestion, e.g. 2.1 Gilman · Andante in 3. As performers move throughout the space, TURBINE should be performed from memory. Most sections include multiple singers, so it is okay to focus on a few motifs per section. Structure Letters indicate simultaneously sounding sections, e.g. 1A · B · C · D Numbers indicate sections in sequential order, e.g. 2.1, then 2.2 I Prelude 1A By the Trees · B In the Gazebo · C Near the River · D Around the Plaza II Grand Plaza 2.1 Gilman (Andante in 3) · A Dickens · B Twain · C Power · D Finch · E Murray (Vivace) 2.2 Quadrille Chorus (Presto in 4) · Quadrille Caller (Presto in 4) III Gears 3.1 Gears (Adagio in 4) 3.2 Gears Coda (Adagio in 4) IV Pavillion 4.1 A Drop (Moderato in 6) 4.2 Twilight (Moderato in 6) 4.3 The Guilty (Andante in 4) 4.4 Moon (Largo in 3) 4.5 Flood (Allegro in 2) 4.6 Transition (Adagio in 4) V River Boat 5 River Boat (Moderato in 4

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Example 2

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TURBINE i prelude As a group, meditate to the outdoor sounds. Begin when cued by group leader in any order, changing octaves, and repeating at will. Rest to listen, often. Blend your voices into sounds within and beyond the trees.

1A By the Trees

gesture hand across shoulder turn head with hand

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arch hand/arm over to side fingers like water dripping

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..

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WHIS - PER - ING

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SOFT

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audible inhale/exhale

In two groups, alternate behind audience follow them through the trees, then circle back to begin the next cycle.

¬

wind sounds

f

For final audience, both groups gather and walk past Gazebo. Converge in a triple feel. Sing melody tutti when you reach the pavement: "soft, whispering, the stream there trembling round your steps" and onto the Plaza.

wh

& ..

gently press right palm forward with left palm

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œ

œ

ROUND YOUR STEPS

..

¬o

whistle tones s

circle head gently

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œ œ #œ

TREM - BLING

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extend hand/fingers in front of body

j œ

œ

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THE STREAM THERE

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TURBINE i prelude As a group, meditate to the outdoor sounds. Begin when cued by group leader in any order, changing octaves, and repeating at will. Rest to listen, often. Blend your voices into sounds within and beyond the gazebo.

1B In the Gazebo

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wind sounds wh

hands near ears extend arms touch hands together

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TI - MID CALL

hands to chest reach up diagonally looking opposite extend hands

j & .. # œ œ œ œ

WHIS - PER - ING AIR

..

touch fingertips draw horizontal circle with arms

Begin as one group close to the railing facing the grass. Section into three groups: facing the grass, facing the river and with three singers separated.

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SWELL

step to side bending knee extend hand down moving fingers

When group 1A walks by, converge in a triple feel and sing melody tutti: "clear, whispering air, timid call, swell, melting" while exiting Gazebo and onto Plaza.

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¬o

throat sing free overtones rl

s

bent arm, elbow down rotate hand by face backwards then forwards

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CLEAR

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MELT - ING

whistle tones

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TURBINE i prelude 1C Near the River As a group, meditate to the outdoor sounds. Begin when cued by group leader in any order, changing octaves, and repeating at will. Rest to listen, often. Blend your voices into sounds within and beyond the river.

touch neck pull hand forward

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BIT - TER

..

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audible inhale/exhale th

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whistle tones s

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extend curving hands forward and down

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SE - RENE

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Stand facing away from river. When Gazebo singers pass, converge in a triple feel and sing melody tutti: "bitter light, strength, beneath the sky, serene" while walking up stairs and onto Plaza.

turn palms out gesture arms to side

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LIGHT

hand to eyes brush hand over head look up

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hands clasp forearms at chest level step forward

BE - NEATH THE SKY

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STRENGTH

throat sing free overtones

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TURBINE i prelude 1D Around the Plaza As a group, meditate to the outdoor sounds. Begin when cued by group leader in any order, changing octaves, and repeating at will. Rest to listen, often. Blend your voices into sounds within and beyond the plaza.

step back draw extended arm towards body gesture fingers

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COME

bend forward hands on knees shoulder forward drop hands

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FRO - ZEN

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audible inhale/exhale

..

f

Alternate between sun dial (a single file line) and two walking groups about six times.

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wind sounds

When singers from 1A-1C walk through Plaza, converge in a triple feel, turn around, and sing melody tutti: "balmy zephyr, frozen, come rest, with slow steps" while walking backwards and merging with 1A-1C.

wh

parallel hands glide back and forth

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move arm overhead arc across, look up

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whistle tones s

slowly sway

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WITH SLOW

j . œ .

STEPS

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REST

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TURBINE I to II 1A-1D Transition into 2.1

Melodies from 1A-1D overlap as groups gather on the Grand Plaza. Stand close together with your hand on the shoulder of someone nearby. Walk slowly side-to-side for eight steps, listening. Arrive at stillness to sing...

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TURBINE ii grand plaza 2.1 Gilman · Andante in 3 (Œ = 96) Standing as a group

Cantus Firmus

3 & 4 .. œ

#œ œ ˙

˙

THROUGH DARK

CF

CHAN - NELS

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WHEELS ROLLED

I - RON ARMS

j œ œ

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FEEL

THE COOL.

j œ œœ

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FEEL

THE COOL.

˙. ˙. ˙.

#œ œ ˙

˙

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THROUGH DARK

CHAN - NELS

THROUGH DARK

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CHAN - NELS

FEEL

..

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FEEL

& .. & .. œ .

FEEL

OUT

j œ œœ

THE COOL.

˙. ˙.

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I - RON ARMS

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dn

dn dn dn

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THE COOL.

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WHEELS ROLLED

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(T)

ROAR.

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dn dn

dn

d-n

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dn

With hands connected, move your arms in a circle.

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Four singers continue singing Cantus Firmus like a continuously turning water wheel.

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CF 2x

BREAK - ING BREAK - ING BREAK - ING BREAK - ING BREAK - ING BREAK - ING

THE COOL.

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Group 2

After third time, add motifs below in any order keeping the triple meter precise.

j œ œ

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THROUGH DARK

CHAN - NELS

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THE COOL.

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Walk slowly as before. Group 1 sings Cantus Firmus two more times. Group 2 adds overlapping waves of "through dark," "channels" and "feel the cool" in any order, changing octaves, for any number of repeats.

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FEEL

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TURBINE II GRAND PLAZA 2.1A Dickens (Vivace over 2.1 Gilman)

Spiral out from Cantus Firmus like a satellite. Start from and return to center cell. Vary duration of stemless note. Change octaves. Rest when needed.

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JERKED A - BOUT

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TURNED ON

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AND

..

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POURED OFF

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TURBINE ii grand plaza 2.1B Twain (Vivace over 2.1 Gilman)

Spiral out from Cantus Firmus like a satellite. Start from and return to center cell. Vary durations of stemless notes. Change octaves. Rest when needed.

FIRST BRIDGE

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FINE DAM

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WHEELS

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PUMP - HOUSE

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TURBINE II GRAND PLAZA 2.1C Power (Vivace over 2.1 Gilman)

Spiral out from Cantus Firmus like a satellite. Start from and return to center cell. Vary durations of stemless notes. Change octaves. Rest when needed.

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PURE

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NEAT - NESS

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WELL - ING THROUGH THE PIPES DE - LUG - ING THIRS - TY STREETS

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& #œ

COM - FORT

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CLEAN - LI - NESS

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TURBINE II GRAND PLAZA 2.1D Finch (Vivace over 2.1 Gilman)

Spiral out from Cantus Firmus like a satellite. Start from and return to center cell. Vary durations of stemless notes. Change octaves. Rest when needed.

SQUARES

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RIGHT LINES

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IN - TER - SECT

&

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RIGHT AN - GLES

TREES

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SPACE

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TURBINE II GRAND PLAZA 2.1E Murray (Vivace over 2.1 Gilman)

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Spiral out from Cantus Firmus like a satellite. Start from and return to center cell. Vary durations of stemless notes. Change octaves. Rest when needed.

STEAM

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GRACE - FUL - LY

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PO - WER

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PEACE - FUL

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CI - TY


TURBINE II GRAND PLAZA 2.2 Quadrille Chorus · Presto in 4 (Œ = 152) In a chevron line formation.

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PINE

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Tacit

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d g d

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T

d g d

n

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SPRUCE

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T, Psh, Ks are forced plosives lowercase letters are unforced

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p

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p Psh

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ch w w Ks

ts ts

n

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(call from Caller) and response from Chorus

¿

¿

¿

(ALL ROUND)

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WAL - NUT

¿

ALL

ROUND

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CHEST - NUT

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Coda subito

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CHEST - NUT, WAL - NUT,

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CHEST - NUT, WAL - NUT,

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crescendo poco a poco

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.. 10x

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.. 5x

SPRUCE, AND PINE.

SPRUCE, AND PINE.

Walk forward on the beat.

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CHEST - NUT, WAL - NUT,

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SPRUCE, AND PINE.

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Stand in stillness listening, then slowly walk to 3.1. Soloist hums 3.1 melody. Gradually join humming.


TURBINE ii grand plaza 2.2 Quadrille Caller · Presto in 4 (Œ = 152) Call in any order as if instructing a celebratory social dance. Combine cells in 2 to become Presto in 4. Call through first two staves of Quadrille Chorus Coda. Join final "Chesnut, Walnut, Spruce, and Pine."

¿

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CHAS - SEZ DE CHAS - SEZ

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RIGHT AND LEFT FOUR BACK TURN PART - NERS

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BA - LANCE AND TURN FOR - WARD AND BACK

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Tacit

call and (response from chorus)

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ALL

¿

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ROUND

(¿

(ALL

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ROUND)

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HALF PRO - ME - NADE READ TO THE RIGHT

CROSS ALL

O - VER FOR - WARD

CROSS

TURN

PART - NERS

O - VER TWO

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LA BACK

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DIES CHAIN A - GAIN

BACK TO BACK CHAS - SEZ OUT FORM THE RING TWO GIVE RIGHT SIX HANDS ROUND

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TURBINE iii gears Stand with back to Gear House. Repeat as audience walks around. 3.1 Gears · Adagio in 4 (Œ = 80) 1. Tutti 2. Outer harmony with rhythmic whispers & slow falling whistles 3. Inner melody with rhythmic whispers & slow falling whistles

4 œ &4 J

MI

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& 44 œ œ .. œ . œ IN A

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STONE

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th t f (thir-ty four

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Psh pumps)

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th t t v (three twen-ty five)

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¿ ¿ ¿

t (eight

fl n j fill - ing flange)

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¿

ch vl (check valve

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d (ed

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D dy)

¿ >

T seat)

TI

SER

BA - SIN:

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slow

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CUP

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FOR

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PIS

fallin

g wh

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s ng (seat ring

PLY

s w v se - wer valve)

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Vocal percussion. T, Psh and D are forced plosives. Chant while inhaling and exhaling. (Gear names for reference.)

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Rhythmic Whispers

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ME - CHA

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AS CRYS - TAL

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CY

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j œ œ

BRIGHT

LOUS

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SIM - PLE HAND - SOME BUILD - ING A WALL OF SO-LIDROCK, TWO POINTS GIVE PASSAGE TO A

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t joint

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d d.

¿

s (six

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¿

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¿ ¿ .. > m T

mo -tor)

¿ ¿ ..

b r bu - reau)

¿

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ng (ring

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f k p r for com-pres - sor)

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n on

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sh shop

k crane)


TURBINE iii gears 3.2 Gears Coda · Adagio in 4 (Œ = 80)

Walk to Pavillion while Trio sings Gears Coda.

b 4 œJ b & b 4

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b & b b 44 œ œ .. œ . œ MI

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b & b b œ.

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IN

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LOUS

ME - CHA

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j œ œ

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NI - CAL

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SIM - PLE HAND - SOME BUILD - ING A WALL OF SOLID ROCK,TWO POINTS GIVE PAS - SAGE TO A STREAM, CLEAR AND

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Middle soloist sings lyrics first time only, then hums. Outer lines sing lyrics every time.

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BA - SIN:

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TONS.

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THE THIRS - TY

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TRA - V'LER.

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TURBINE iv pavillion 4.1 A Drop · Moderato in 6 (‰ = 118)

j œ œœ œ

b œ & b b .. œ

Group 2 Extend arm over head; lean in same direction.

GEN - TLE FRIEND

‰ .. b & b b .. œ . ‰ . œ œ œ ..

Group 1 in any order changing octaves

8x

b & b b ‰ . œ.

STREAM A HID - DEN

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œ.

GOES PLAY - FUL - LY

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Group 1 Extend arm over head; lean in same direction.

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YES - TER - DAY

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Group 2 in any order changing octaves

‰ œ œ ..

8x

THOUGHTS HAUNT-ING

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œ

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BE - NEATH THE GLOW - ING SUN

b & b b .. ‰ œ œ

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A DROP PUL - SES

Tutti in any order changing octaves

Tutti Arms bent; palms up. Gently move hands.

b &bb ‰ œ

8x

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œ

b &bb Œ œ œ œ œ

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TORN ONE BY ONE AND SOLD

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THEN A - NO - THER AND DARK - ER


TURBINE iv pavillion 4.2 Twilight · Moderato in 6 (‰ = 118)

j œ œœ œ

# & # .. œœ

Group 2 Extend arm over head; lean in same direction.

‰ ..

GEN - TLE FRIEND

Group 1 in any order changing octaves

# & # .. œ .

8x

# & # ‰. œ .

œ.

STREAM

‰ . œ œ œ .. A HID - DEN

‰ œ. œ.

GOES PLAY - FUL - LY

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THOUGHTS

Group 2 in any order changing octaves

‰ œ œ ..

8x

HAUNT - ING

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# ## & # ‰.

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PART - ING

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BE - NEATH THE GLOW - ING SUN

TWI - LIGHT

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8x

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Tutti

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YES - TER - DAY

Tutti Hand on neighbor's shoulder. Sway in unison.

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j œ œœ œ

## œ & # # .. œ

Group 1 Extend arm over head; lean in same direction.

CALL

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ING

in any order changing octaves

o & œ.

œo œo œo œo Œ

(whistle)

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Whistle ad libitum continues into 4.3. Extend left arm out horizontal to ground. Look left and listen.


TURBINE iv pavillion 4.3 The Guilty · Andante in 4 (Œ = 84)

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IF

œ

THE CLOUDS

Chorus Extend left arm out horizontal to ground, in any order, 1-4x throughout 4.3.

Chorus changing octaves

8x

&‰ œ

œ œ ˙

SHA - DOW

œ œ œ Œ

THE GUIL - TY

œ & Œ. J Duo

Duo Walk special pathway.

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THE FLUT - T'RING WINGS

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Chorus

HOW

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in any order changing octaves

8x

THEN

& ‰ œœ œœ œœ œœ Œ Chorus

&

œ œ

œ

Duo

THE VOICE OF GRIEF

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THE FLUT - T'RING WINGS

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Duo

œ

œ

BE - SEECH - ING BREATH

in any order changing octaves Chorus

œ

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POURED OUT

U

& Œ . œj œ Duo

Chorus

LOST

œ

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BE - SEECH - ING BREATH

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ONES

Transition to 4.4 by slowly bending head and shoulders forward, bend knees, then return to standing.


TURBINE IV PAVILLION 4.4 Moon · Largo in 3 (Œ = 56)

Duo

HOW

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œ

œ

j & ‰œ Duo

SOFT THE BEAM

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œ

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THE GLOOM OF NIGHT

Duo Walk special pathway.

Chorus Slowly step to your left moving as a group closer to the river.

MOON

Chorus in any order changing octaves

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U

HEA - VEN

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œ

œ

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FAINT - LY GLIM - MER - ING

&œ &Œ

œ #œ nœ

STAR SPAN - GLED GLO - RY

œ

œ œ œ

WHIS - PER TO ME

Duo in any order changing octaves

U

œ œ œ

TELL WHAT A - WAITS

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TURBINE iv pavillion

Pick up water bowl. Begin with wind and water sounds. Add other vocal lines when cued in any order, changing octaves.

4.5 Flood · Allegro in 2 (Œ = 138)

& œ #œ

œ #œ

bœ nœ #œ

œ

œ bœ

OLD TREES LIFT THEIR TALL HEADS A - GAINST THE SKY

& œ #œ

DIM - PLED

& œ #œ

¬

wind sounds wh

œ

œ #œ

DEEP AND SHA - DED POOL

& œ #œ

LEAP - ING

& œ

¬

audible inhale/exhale f

,

Water tap with nails

FLOOD

#œ œ bœ

MOURN - FUL EC - HO

Water swirl with fingers

œ

o ¬

whistle tones

WHEN THE HUSH

s

¬ rl

&

œ bœ

œ

œ

œ

STEALS THE CALM

nœ bœ nœ

œ

œ

OH HOW ONE CHARMED WORD WILL START A THOU - SAND BREATH - ING

& .. œ Œ Ó ..

œ #œ

throat sing free overtones

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ME - M'RIES

Tutti

On downbeat "flood," bend knees suddenly to spill water from bowls. Continue under solo in 4.6 Transition until "justice journeying to harbor."

FLOOD

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TURBINE iv pavillion 4.6 Transition · Adagio in 4 (Œ = 76) Soloist begins when cued. Chorus quietly continues "flood" with water spill, then transitions to "justice journeying to harbor." Descant begins second time through and continues ad libitum changing octaves through round. Round starts third time through with "loved by stars." Divide into three sections that start every 2nd measure. Optional audience sing along with "justice journeying to harbor." Walk and sing round towards final section.

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TURBINE lyrics I PRELUDE 1A By the Trees soft whispering the stream there trembling round your steps

1B In the Gazebo clear whispering air timid call swell melting

1C Near the River bitter light strength beneath the sky serene

1D Around the Plaza balmy zephyr frozen come rest with slow steps

II GRAND PLAZA 2.1 Gilman through dark channels feel the cool wheels rolled iron arms feel the cool breaking out roar 2.1A Dickens and

2.1B Twain wheels

jerked about turned on poured off

first bridge fine dam pump-house

2.1C Power welling through the pipes deluging thirsty streets cleanliness neatness comfort pure

2.1D Finch intersect

2.1E Murray power

right lines right angles squares trees space

steam gracefully peaceful city

2.2 Quadrille Chorus Chestnut, Walnut, Spruce, and Pine 2.2 Quadrille Caller right & left four balance & turn ladies chain half promenade forward & back

cross over chassez de chassez back again all round back to back

read to the right chassez out form the ring all forward back turn partners

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two give right cross over two six hands round turn partners


III GEARS inexhaustible supply from this reservoir

in a simple handsome building cylinders and pistons a wall of solid rock miraculous mechanical two points give passage to a stream clear and bright as crystal in a stone basin: a cup for the thirsty traveller

34 Pumps Check Valve Seat Seat Ring Sewer Valve Ring for Compressor Eddy 3-25

Piston Ring Buck-eye Engine 8 Filling Flange Rachet on Shop Crane 6 Joint Bureau M.G.D. Motor

IV PAVILLION 4.1-4.2 A Drop (Story Telling) gentle friend a hidden stream goes playfully yesterday haunting thoughts beneath the glowing sun a drop pulses then another and darker torn one by one and sold calling twilight parting 4.3 The Guilty (Sadness) if the clouds shadow the guilty how then the fluttering wings the voice of grief lost ones beseeching breath poured out Creative Commons BY-NC 2015 HearByron.com | Lyrics 2 of 4


4.4 Moon (Moonlight) moon heaven faintly glimmering how soft the beam the gloom of night star spangled glory whisper to me tell what awaits 4.5 Flood (Schuylkill) leaping deep and shaded pool dimpled old trees lift their tall heads against the sky mournful echo when the hush steals the calm oh how one charmed word will start a thousand breathing memories flood 4.6 Transition (ASTRÆA) loved by stars a granite ledge to gaze from the sea’s edge there for purging light there for purifying storms its depths reflect all forms justice journeying to harbor

V RIVER BOAT afloat fair city through the gathering like a strong giant that has just received the breath of life I shall never forget ding ding ding what have we here? a ruddy face with a clear honest eye and the noble ship breaks proudly through the water… Creative Commons BY-NC 2015 HearByron.com | Lyrics 3 of 4


Lyrics compiled and edited by Byron Au Yong, from the following sources: I PRELUDE Critical and Poetical Works, John Penn (1797) II GRAND PLAZA The Poetry of Traveling in the United States, Caroline Howard Gilman (1838) American Notes for General Circulation, Charles Dickens (1913) Mark Twain’s Letters, Mark Twain (1853-1866) Impressions of America, Tyrone Power (1836) Travels in the United States of America and Canada, John Finch (1833) Travels in North America, Charles Augustus Murray (1834-1836) The Fairmount Quadrilles, John Hewitt (1836) Gazetteer of the United States of America, John Hayward (1854) III GEARS Travels in the United States, Alexander Mackay (1846-1847) Domestic Manners of Americans, Francis Trollope (1832) Transatlantic Sketches, Captain J.E. Alexander (1833) Inscriptions on Wooden Templates for Turbine Parts, Philadelphia Water Department (1920s) IV PAVILLION Essays, Philanthropic and Moral, Elizabeth Margaret Chandler (1836) Early Poems, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) V RIVER American Notes for General Circulation, Charles Dickens (1913) Research thanks to: Adam Levine, Philadelphia Water Department Karen Young, Fairmount Water Works Leah Stein, Leah Stein Dance Company Library Company of Philadelphia Personnel for the Premiere: Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Alan Harler (music director/conductor) Leah Stein Dance Company, Leah Stein (artistic director/choreographer) Ryan Tibbetts, Austen Wilson (assistant conductors) Jennifer Beattie, Shahara M. Benson, Jean Bernard Cerin, Josh Hartman, Alice McKillip Thornburgh, Rebecca Thornburgh, Ryan Tibbetts, Austen Wilson (soloists) Rich Tolsma Productions (video documentation) Creative Commons BY-NC 2015 HearByron.com | Lyrics 4 of 4


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TURBINE Program Notes Alan Harler and Leah Stein brought me to the Fairmount Water Works in October 2013. The park and historic plaza were alive with people enjoying the autumn day next to the glistening waterway. Appropriately translated as “hidden river,” the Schuylkill turned from peaceful to terrifying when the following spring, the water crested at nearly 14 feet. The May 2014 flood brought a deluge to the Water Works. A place that was historically the source of clean water became filled with debris. TURBINE draws upon accounts from the heyday of the Fairmount Water Works in the early 19th century. Visitors marveled at human ingenuity building “miraculous mechanical… cylinders and pistons” that worked with nature to provide “clear and bright as crystal, a cup for the thirsty.” This text is filtered through a 21st century reality to produce lyric fragments. Migration as well as water molecules influence the music. Voices seep in and out of the sounds along the river. These include the noise of traffic and trains. Musical motifs connect and disconnect in a free molecular flow. According to the World Health Organization, a child dies from a water-related disease every minute. More than twice the population of the United States lives without access to safe water. How can we turn despair and rage into wisdom? Singing and listening to a river in the middle of a city is a step towards “justice journeying to harbor.” A turbine takes turbulence and transforms it into potential energy. Together we can find ways to ensure that the 750 million people around the world who lack access to safe water are given a chance to survive. Byron Au Yong Biography As the son of Chinese immigrants in America, composer Byron Au Yong searches for ways music connects people with the places they call home. Examples include Kidnapping Water: Bottled Operas, performed in 64 waterways throughout the Pacific Northwest and Tzu Lho: Simmering Songs, performed by The Esoterics and the Stanford Chorale. Au Yong calls Seattle home; where the mountains & water retain power alongside 21st century technology. This informs his songs of dislocation created to honor the ritual of people who gather to listen. Special Thanks Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Lora Allen, Sonja Bontrager, Alan Harler, Hermitage Artist Retreat, Michelle Hollander, Adam Levine (Philadelphia Water Department), Deenah Loeb (City Parks Association), Janelle McCoy, Edward McNally, Leah Stein, Leah Stein Dance Company, Library Company of Philadelphia, Carolyn Linarello, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Michael Moore, New Music USA, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Gabrielle Revlock, Saechew/Tolsma Household, Amanda Schkeeper, Skip Stotesbury, Thornburgh Family, Ryan Tibbetts, Rich Tolsma Productions, Sharon Torello, Schuylkill Banks, Richard Tolsma, William Penn Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Karen Young (Fairmount Water Works)

Turbine  

Musical score for new choral work for moving choir along the water. Commissioned and performed by Leah Stein Dance Company and Mendelssohn C...

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