Quilt Songs: Women Weaving the Fabric of Life

Publisher: VocalEssence Music Press

mixed choir, Difficulty : 4, a cappella, 10+ min. Composer(s): Alice Parker, Libby Larsen, Gabriela Lena Frank, Ysaÿe Barnwell, Carol Barnett

Quilt Songs: Women Weaving the Fabric of Life was commissioned in 2015 for VocalEssence by Mike McCarthy to honor his wife Kay. Each composer personally selected a quilt and a poem inspired by the quilt. The five quilts chosen for Quilt Songs all include bold color and design. The techniques range from intricate piecing to graceful, curved appliqué.

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1: (Easy) No divisi in voice parts, accompaniment doubles or supports vocal parts, diatonic, symmetrical phrases, textures mostly homophonic, simple rhythms, stepwise voice leading (conjunct), moderate ranges, no extended techniques, and limited sustained singing.

2: (Medium Easy) Limited divisi, voices somewhat independent from accompaniment, some chromatics, phrases may be longer or more fragmented, mostly homophonic, moderate rhythmic complexity, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderate ranges, extended techniques are simple, limited sustained singing.

3. (Medium) Limited divisi, unaccompanied, or with independent accompaniment (voice parts not doubled), many chromatics, phrases of varying lengths, more contrapuntal textures, moderately complex rhythms, some difficult intervals (disjunct motion), moderately difficult/challenging ranges, extended techniques are potentially challenging, and some sustained singing.

4. (Medium Difficult) Abundant divisi, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, many difficult intervals (disjunct motion), difficult/challenging ranges, potentially difficult extended techniques, and a demand for sustained singing.

5. (Difficult) Adundant divis, unaccompanied, or accompanying instruments are fully independent from voice parts, many chromatics and/or key changes, long and/or broken phrases, potentially little homophony, complex rhythms, extreme ranges, use of challenging or unusual extended vocal techniques, abundant sustained singing.