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Wednesday
May022012

Grass

Excerpt from a performance by ALEA II, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 1989.

Grass
(based on the poem
by Carl Sandburg)

for female chorus (or three soloists)
and computer-generated tape


Duration: 7' 30"
1987

Voices: SSA female chorus (or soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto soloists) and computer-generated tape

"Grass" is concerned with the process of recovery, in particular with the healing of the wounds of war. It was commissioned through a gift from Lincoln and Gloria Ladd for the Skidmore College Chorus. The piece is based on the poem "Grass" by Carl Sandburg.

The tape part is entirely synthetic and uses string synthesis developed by the composer, along with Julius Smith, Kevin Karplus and Alex Strong. It also uses wave-guide time-varying reverberation networks created by Julius Smith. The piece was implemented on the Systems Concept Digital Synthesizer at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University.

To obtain performance materials contact Terra Non Firma Press