There is still time for more choruses to join the commissioning consortium for "Three Water Songs" by David Avshalomov, co-sponsored by Deborah Simpkin King (Project:Encore, Ember). Deadline is Dec. 15. Suitable for advanced high school to professional choruses; fees on a sliding scale by type ($100 to $250).
First two poems:
ALL DAY I HEAR THE NOISE OF WATERS
by James Joyce
All day I hear the noise of waters making moan,
Sad as the sea-bird is when, going forth alone,
He hears the winds cry to the water's monotone.
The grey winds, the cold winds are blowing where I go.
I hear the noise of many waters far below.
All day, all night, I hear them flowing to and fro.
WATERFALL AT LU-SHAN
by Li Po
Sunlight streams on the river stones.
From high above, the river steadily plunges--
three thousand feet of sparkling water--
the Milky Way pouring down from heaven.
Third text: Avshalomov's own rant/chant text about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Avshalomov update: "I have finished the first setting; the second is in draft. I encourage choruses to jump in now."
A full description of the plan for each piece, the text of the third piece, and the first version of the first piece can be seen here:
His choral catalog is here:
Contact the composer directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to join.