she was dancing

SSAA, percussion

A joyful celebration for upper voices, with percussion. The text comes from a dream image. You will want to order the choral scores for the singers and the full score plus percussion parts set.

This score was revised in 2023. The score video below is the revised version, the live videos are the original version.

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PROGRAM NOTE

This piece comes from a dream image. We see a dancing woman, alone at first,
spinning with her arms spread wide. Her children join in under the starry sky.
She begins to rise, and our eyes are drawn up, following her. Her twirling hair
becomes the spiral galaxies, and the dance becomes the movement of the stars,
all woven together.

NOTES ON PREPARATION AND PERFORMANCE

The percussion is arranged in three sections: a stage left group, a stage right group, with the djembe in the middle. The hand claps are performed by both players on both sides.

TEXT

she was dancing, dancing, dancing,
her children were smiling, she was dancing
her children were laughing, she was dancing
the stars, turning, her hair,
twirling, the stars turning, twirling, dancing, dancing,
her children are smiling, We are
dancing, we are dancing, her children
are laughing, We are dancing, dancing,
dancing
the stars
she was…

–Reginald Unterseher