In this short Life - Kevin Uppercue

In this short Life Text painting abounds in this setting of a Dickinson poem concerning the brief time gifted to our human condition. To match the topic and brevity of the poem, the work itself isn’t long, lasting only one-and-a-half minutes. The accompaniment delicately yet persistently ticks away, slightly ahead of a second to emphasize the perception of time quickly passing by. The word “short” is always given an eighth duration followed by a rest in the chorus so that a quasi-staccato articulation is perceived with each occurrence. With its sensitive text setting, interesting harmonic palette, and atypical accompaniment, this work makes for unique concert programming. Duration: 1:30 Look back on Time with kindly Eyes The work opens with a sardonic take on the title line, the first reaction being one of malice towards recollection. The piece then transitions to a nostalgic perspective, as continued pondering gives way to softer sentiment and encompasses the climax of the setting. A long, languid section provides the ending material with an open-ended close in the piano depicting the dreamy haze of memory. The varied and thoughtful reading of the text yields varied textures in both the chorus and accompaniment, with each section of the chorus given equal measure. Duration: 3:30

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Catalog: 1.3562
Publisher: Galaxy
Composer: Kevin Uppercue
Voicing: SATB div

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In this short Life - Kevin Uppercue
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