Composition Department

Dissolving Music

Rockpiece for soprano and 6 instruments (1978) 
Indiana University New Music Ensemble

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From The Music of Don Freund Vol. 1 IUSM-10. Purchase CD online at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Marketplace.


Dissolving Music is a setting W. S. Merwin's poem "For a Dissolving Music." One of the six "instruments" is a drumset augmented by vibes, tuned cowbells, and suspended water-filled paint-cans. The soprano is asked to deliver the words and music in a style that emulates Grace Slick, Mariah Carey, and Jan de Gaetani; the remaining instrumentation (flute, trombone, violin, cello, and piano) and performance style (the instrumentalists are asked to sing, play a little percussion, and render some heavy duty rock'n'roll) reflect the attitude and showpiece style of OMNIBUS, a new music ensemble that lived and died in Memphis in the late '70's.

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