Music Opens

Choral Work


Description

Music Opens is a choral work where voices sing fragments of the text: “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens,” by Maria Augusta von Trapp. Listening to how all the voices come together, music opens.

Details

Duration: variable (circa 3–4 minutes)
Instrumentation: SATB Choir
Premiered by ASUSF Voices on the occasion of their 30th Anniversary, conducted by Rick Roberts, in Presentation Theater at the University of San Francisco, on April 14, 2019

Program Notes

In 1989, Rick Roberts started a choir after a College Players performance at USF. The choir fulfilled a need students had to sing together more often. 30 years later, ASUSF Voices provides multiple choral ensembles for students of all skill levels from any major. Rick’s love of musical theater and choral music comes together in Music Opens, prompted by this quote from Maria Augusta von Trapp: “Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.” The choir sings fragments of the text. Listening to how all the voices come together, music opens.

Performance Notes

Open Notation (Incantation, Rehearsal B)
  • Singers vocalize as individuals to create an evocative aural collage
  • Conductor shapes these sections to last as long as needed
  • Singers watch Conductor for cue to continue to next section
Western Notation (Rehearsals A, C to H)
  • Arrow รจ indicates Open Notation vocalizations continue
  • Repeat signs are for one repetition
  • Leaps of a 6th and an octave are based on yodeling
  • Each portamento vocal slide lasts the entire length of the note
Lyrics
  • English and IPA are used
  • IPA sounds are indicated in brackets [ ]
  • The lyric related to the IPA pronunciation is on the right side of the score
  • The composite of musical utterances provides the meaning of the quote

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