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Two Choral pieces hoping to spread peace. Thankful for any and all attention.

Hello, all -
 
Like everyone, I was shaken and horrified by what happened almost a month ago now in Newtown, CT.
 
Also like I'm sure many others on this website did, I turned to music - making music, writing music, and listening to others' music in order to try to process things.

In my own hometown of Evanston, IL., we have sadly been experiencing a recent upswing in violence that has seen the lives of several junior-high and high-school-aged young people shot over the past year. As an educator who works primarily with elementary-through-high school-aged students in my private studio and in my ensembles, I have been trying to find a way to reach out, be inclusive irregardless of race or socio-economic status, and give back to those grieving those loved and lost.

In response to the events in Evanston and the horrible tragedy last month in Newtown, I composed two new pieces.

One, "What If?", is a non-demoniational, non-religious and yet spiritual plea for peace and understanding that is SATB a cappella.
Another, "Never Again", is SATB with piano accompaniment, and was written after Newtown's tragedy.

I have decided to create a 'peace choir' in my own community that will learn, rehearse and eventually record and digitally distribute these pieces, along with others like them - the proceeds of which I will give 100% to charities in my hometown and in Newtown, CT., whose pain and strength in the face of horror inspired them.

I have uploaded full .pdf versions of both "What If?" and "Never Again" to the Library on this forum. While they are both new and have not as of yet been recorded by live performers, I have also uploaded a computer playback of the pieces for perusal as well.

If anyone else here would like to use the pieces, I give them free reign to do so, in the hopes that they may perhaps bring some comfort to others who may be suffering losses of their own. I only ask that authorship be credited, and that if anyone use the pieces, they make me aware of it so that I could perhaps get a recording and the date of the performance for my own records.

Stay safe, wherever you are - and thank you all for being an inspiring community of artists!

All my best,
- Mike





 
Replies (3): Threaded | Chronological
on January 10, 2013 9:43pm
Mike,
 I see you did not enter them for the Composition Showcase.  If you do that, you would have links to direct people to the desciption of the pieces.  You could then post info about them in the New Print Publications forum under the Announcement's tab http://www.choralnet.org/list/announcement/252.  You may get a lot more people with choirs at the ready to perfrom them. You can simply link to the files in the library as well.
 
What If VIRTUAL, PDF
Never Again VIRTUAL, PDF
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on January 10, 2013 10:29pm
Thanks much for the help, Jack, and my apologies for not following protocol.

I've filled out the Composition Showcase forms relating to the two works - and will post info. about them as you requested in the Announcements.
 
Thank you again for your interest in my work!

All my best,
- Mike
 
Applauded by an audience of 1
on January 11, 2013 6:03am
Protocol shmotocol, I'm just trying to get you more exposure and share your artistic expression regarding such a horrible event.
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