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American Triptych: I. i thank You God (Piano/Choral Score)

By David Conte

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SATB choir and piano 4-hands, or soprano saxophone, percussion (3 Players), harp, contrabass, and piano 4-hands - Late Intermediate
Composed by David Conte (1955-). 20th Century, Creation/Nature. Piano/choral score. Duration 5 minutes, 30 seconds. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #7926. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.7926).

Item Number: EC.7926

ISBN 600313479267. English.

American Triptych presents aspects of spiritual experience as expressed by three North American poets: Americans E. E. Cummings and W. S. Merwin, and Canadian Bliss Carman. Commissioned by the Reading Choral Society, Reading, Pennsylvania, David DeVenney, conductor. The work received its premiere performance on November 13, 1999.

 
The first movement, i thank You God, is an extroverted fanfare of praise to God the Creator, with liberal use of mixed meter, syncopation and minimalist rhythmic patterns. The chosen ensemble of instruments (harp, soprano saxophone, double bass, piano and percussion) gives the work a decidedly American character.
 
This work can also be performed with piano four-hands alone, or with piano four-hands and any combination of the ensemble instruments, with the two pianists omitting any doublings as indicated by the cues. Duration: 5:30.

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