Flight

Flight (2003)

10 part Boomwhackers, optional SSAA, TTBB, or
SATB choir. Written for Cantus.

Secular

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Note:

Boomwhackers are pitched percussion tubes, available from Whacky Music, www.boomwhackers.com

Performance practice:

The performers should be seated in an arc so that they can see each other. Each performer must have enough room to play his or her Boomwhacker effectively. The Boomwhacker should be hit against the top of the knee. Performers should feel free to adjust his or her striking technique; if the Boomwhacker is hit closer to the end of the tube, higher harmonics are heard. Likewise, if it is hit closer to the center, lower harmonics are heard. The piece should start at rehearsal #1, starting with Boomwhacker 1. BW1 plays for two bars solo, after which one player enters in after two bars (BW2, then BW3, etc.) After all have entered, BW1 moves onto rehearsal #2, and is followed by the other players in a similar manner as before, only one every measure this time. Once all players are playing the rehearsal #2 pattern, BW1 moves on to rehearsal #3. Once the group has finished rehearsal #3,The group goes to m.4 simultaneously. The patterns on page 2 are labeled by letters according to the chord they represent. For the remainder of the piece if no Boomwhacker parts appear above the vocal score, players should keep playing their own pattern, corresponding to the chord symbol above the staff. The written rests, however, should be observed.

Text:

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward in an oak
I found the arrow still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow