Excellence: A Choral Dialectic for Unaccompanied SATB Choir and an Animal Choir

Excellence: A Choral Dialectic for Unaccompanied SATB Choir and an Animal Choir

by Secretary Michael


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This choral dialectic, titled "Excellence", is the fourth in a series of six. It's quite short (less than 13 minutes), acappella, SATB, and structurally unlike anything you've ever heard before.

What is a "choral dialectic"?
A "choral dialectic" is a four-movement choral work (with or without instruments) in which a rational argument about any subject is battled-out musically. There's only one rule: every choral dialectic must use the following four titles for its four movements:

Each dialectic begins with a statement of some sort. This will be the subject matter for the entire work. Oftentimes the statement is an ideal - an expression of how something might be in a perfect world.

In this movement, the "Principle" begins its journey through the meat grinder. The Argument's job is to pick apart the principle, either supporting it or challenging it.

In this movement, the "Principle" gets supported or challenged again, but this time from a contrasting perspective. If the previous argument was sweet, this one will probably be sour. If the previous was about abundance, this one will probably be about scarcity.

Now that the "Principle" has been analyzed from different angles, some sort of final understanding will have to emerge. Maybe there will be growth, a new way of being, a new way of living in the world, a new "Principle". Or maybe not.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781888712407
Publisher: Machinists Union Press
Publication date: 03/03/2018
Pages: 66
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.14(d)

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