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Songs of Youth

An exploration of the thrill (and impatience!) of growing up
Commissioned by Waunakee Middle School
Poet/Lyricist: 
Elizabeth Alexander

An atmospheric and energetic two-movement work about the thrill and impatience of growing up.  Its lyric creates a progression from "waiting, watching, wondering" to "doing, daring, flying!"  An optional vibraphone part lends more color to this unique offering for young singers.

This song is included on the CD, Finally On My Way To Yes, which may be ordered below.

Individual tracks may be downloaded at the following online stores:
 

Movements: 

I. When?
II. Now!

In both movements, much of the part writing is additive, with harmony parts growing smoothly out of the melody line. In the first song a vibraphone may be substituted for the piano; its part is not difficult, and might even be played by an adventurous pianist

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http://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/songs_of_youth_movt_1_sab.mp3 SAB, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Choral Score
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SAB, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Flute & Vibraphone Parts
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SSA, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Choral Score
5'00" M SEA-004-02 $2.50
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SSA, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Choral Score
5'00" M SEA-004-02D $1.75
Licensed PDF
http://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/finally_on_my_way_to_yes_0.mp3 Finally on My Way to Yes - CD
60'00" SEA-CD-01 $10.00
CD

Songs of Youth

Lyrics by composer Elizabeth Alexander, with students from Waunakee Middle School

I. When?

When? When?
Stretching, seeking, slumbering...

What a world of shapes and colors, gentle hands and lullabies.

Crawling, reaching...

Will there be a time to use my eager arms and open eyes?

Waiting, watching, wondering...
When? When? When?

II. Now!

Now! Now! Now!

Sailing, soaring, running, racing,
Speeding, sporting, cheering, chasing,
Shouting, sharing, doing, daring —
No more wondering when!

Working, wishing, dreaming, dancing,
Reaching, risking, choosing, chancing,
Growing, giving, learning, living —
No more wondering when!

Trusting... Trying... Loving... Crying...

Sailing, soaring, running, racing,
Speeding, sporting, cheering, chasing,
Shouting, sharing, doing, daring — flying!

Now! Straightaway!
At once! No delay!
It's now or never, here and now,
Without hesitation the moment to live...is Now!

Performers: 

Waunakee Middle School Chorus - Elizabeth Alexander, conductor (Waunakee, WI)  * Premiere

Louisville Youth Choir - Frank Heller III ~ Memphis State New Music Festival (Memphis, TN)

Elisabeth C. Adams Middle School Chorus - Gabrielle Johnson, conductor (Guilford, CT)

 

 

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