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Songs of Youth

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

An atmospheric and energetic two-movement work about the thrill and impatience of growing up. Its lyric, comprised of verbs suggesting stages of growth, creates a progression from "waiting, watching, wondering" to "doing, daring, flying!"  An optional vibraphone part lends more color to this unique youth choir showpiece.

Movements:
I. When?
II. Now!

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-004-00 SAB, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Choral Score
5'00" M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/songs_of_youth_movt_1_sab.mp3 Sheet Music $2.25
SEA-004-00DEL SAB, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Choral Score
5' M https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/songs_of_youth_movt_1_sab.mp3 Licensed PDF $2.25
SEA-004-01 SSA, piano, optional vibraphone - Choral Score
5' M Sheet Music $2.25
SEA-004-01DEL SSA, piano, optional vibraphone - Choral Score
5' M Licensed PDF $2.25
SEA-004-02F SAB, flute, piano (Optional: vibraphone) - Flute & Vibraphone Parts
(Click on PDF icon to download part)
5' M Free PDF $0.00

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: 

Premiere: Waunakee Middle School Chorus / Elizabeth Alexander (Waunakee, WI)
All-District 7th & 8th Grade Choir / Elizabeth McFarland (Saint Charles, MO)
Elisabeth C. Adams Middle School Chorus / Gabrielle Johnson (Guilford, CT)
Louisville Youth Repertory Chorus / Frank Heller III (Memphis, TN)
Ross School Chorus / Adam Judd (Bridgehampton, NY)

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