The acrobat : SSAA treble choir
by Paul Stanhope (2004)
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The Acrobat was commissioned especially by Gondwana
Voices for performance in 2004. The text is by the American poet
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (b. 1919) who is one of the members of the
beat poetry movement which was particularly active in Chicago and
San Francisco in the middle part of the C20th. "The Acrobat" is
one of Ferlinghetti's best known works. This very athletic and
virtuosic work for treble voices also tests the acrobatic skill
of choristers who dare to "perform above the heads" of the
audience. Doing so without the aid a safety net takes
considerable courage and agility.
Instrumentation: SSAA treble choir a cappella
Duration: 6 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Top quality treble voices ensemble required (youth choir preferred).
Commission note: Commissioned by Gondwana Voices.
Revised 2010 for the Gondwana Voices 2011 USA Tour
Performances of this work
Unknown date: Germany
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