Of Equality SATB

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Jessica Rudman

Of Equality

for SATB Chorus and Piano or Organ with Optional Flute, and Optional Violoncello

2016 ca. 3:30

Text by Walt Whitman

Of Equality

Program Notes

Of Equality was commissioned by the Connecticut Children’s Choir of The Hartt School Community Division (Noah Glynn, Director). I originally came across the main text for the work— a brief fragment by Walt Whitman—in the summer of 2015 when I was looking for poetry to set in a different composition. I originally thought I might include that short poem in a set of songs about social issues, but Whitman’s words captivated me so much that I ended up using only that one, short text for the entire piece, which is about thirteen minutes long. That wasn’t enough, though! I kept hearing the text sung by a choir in my head, so I approached the administration of the Community Division about a possible collaboration with the Connecticut Children’s Choir.

I wanted to go beyond just setting the words to music and really engage with the students about the issue of equality. The composition thus includes not only Whitman’s poem but also additional text inspired by discussions with members of the Prelude, Canticum, and Concert Choirs. Their words and ideas shaped the piece, and I am so thankful I was given the opportunity to work with these bright, talented young singers!

Text

Of equality—As if it harmed me, giving others the same chances and rights as myself—as if it were not indispensable to my own rights that others possess the same.

- Walt Whitman, from Leaves of Grass

Giving others food and clean water, Giving shelter and support, Giving help, Giving kindness, Giving respect, Giving peace, safety, and education, Giving hope and inspiration, Giving love, Giving freedom, Equality.

- Jessica Rudman, based on discussions with the Prelude, Canticum, and Concert Choirs

Available Arrangements

• Three combined treble choirs (five parts total) accompanied by piano or organ and optional flute and/or cello

• SSA with piano or organ and optional flute and/or cello

• SATB with piano or organ and optional flute and/or cello

Composer Contact Information

Email: jessica@jessicarudman.com | Website: www.jessicarudman.com

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° ¢ { ° ¢ { S. A T B Fl Vc Pno As mp if it were not in mf dis - pen - si - ble - to my 73 71 As mp if it were not in mf dis - pen - si - ble - to my qual i - - ty, - were mf not in dis - pen - si - ble - to my qual i - - ty, - were mf not in dis - pen - si - ble - to my mp mf p mf 73 ø ø ø ø ø S A T. B Fl Vc Pno own r ights that f o ther s - pos sess - the same 76 own r ights that f o ther s - pos sess - the same own r ights that f o ther s - pos sess - the same own r ights that f o ther s - pos sess - the same mf f f f ø ø ø ø ø ø & # ∑ 3 3 & # ∑ 3 3 & ‹ # 3 ? # 3 & # ∑ ∑ ∑ ? # & # ? # & # & # & ‹ # ? # & # 3 - -? # & # ? # Ó ™ œ œ œ œ ˙ œ œ œ œ œ Ó œ œ œ œ œ œ ˙ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ ˙ œ w Ó œ œ œ œ œ œ œ Ó œ œ ˙ ™ œ w Ó ™ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ Ó œ œ ˙ œ w ˙ œ w ˙ ™ œ œ w w w w w ww w w w w w w w ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙ Œ œ ˙ ˙ œ œ œ œ w ˙ ˙ ˙ Œ œ ˙ ˙ œ œ œ œ w ˙ ˙ ˙ Œ œ ˙ ˙ œ œ œ œ w ˙ ˙ ˙ Œ œ ˙ ˙ œ œ œ œ w Ó Œ œ œ ˙ ˙ w œ œ œ œ w w w w w w w w w w w ˙ ˙ ˙ ™ œ œ œ œ˙ ˙ œ ˙ w w œ œw w ˙ œ ww œ œ œ œ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ ˙ ˙ ˙˙ = 8
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