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Vocal Score

Joo MacDowell

A Trilogy
very short operas
for the Twitter Age
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Composers' Notes

I had a conversation with a marketing specialist.

She told me about contemporary attention span and the ideal efciency
of our times: to convey a message in 20 seconds.

I did some research into extremely short stories.


The most famous example is attributed to Hemmingway:

"For sale: baby shoes. Never worn."

As touching as it is concise.

There is a whole genre that grew out of this premisse. The second opera of the
series pays a tribute to this "6 word novel" scene.

I gave myself some freedom with the concept of time. The rst
opera can be performed in 20 seconds, the second is divided into
two "20 second acts," allowing for the slow tempo,
and the third is likely to last about 30 seconds.

Each orchestral score is within a two page limit. Text is always under
40 words in lengh.

Brecht and Weil also wrote the "Three Penny Opera" but that's something
entirely different.

Enjoy.
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Dramatis Personae:

1. Life: 2. Death: 3. Hope:

Angela - Soprano Anne - Soprano Johanna - Soprano


Kate - Mezzo-Soprano Mary - Mezzo-Soprano Daughter - Mezzo-Soprano
Tim - Tenor Mourners - Chorus SATB Costumers - Chorus - SATB
Paul - Baritone

Libretti:

1. Life 2. Death 3. Hope


- 20 sec. - 40 sec. (2 acts) - 30 sec.

I have been trampled I found my mothers suicide note. My father was buried
I've been crumbled No owers, no funeral, no nothing. on the morning of a sunny day.
Ive been scorned
Ive had to ght. That night,
when the rain came
Ive been left my daughter was born.
I have regrets
And I often
need to cry.

Life is a mess
And then you die.
Vocal Score
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A Trilogy

1. Life
for Alexandra Filipe

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Allegro q=120
f
2
Angela
bJ b b
Soprano &4
I've had to ght

Kate f
2 b
Mezzo-sop. &4
I've been scorned

Tim f
Tenor &4
2 j

I've been trum-pled

f
?2 Paul #

Baritone
4 J
I've been crum - bled

Allegro q=120
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& 4
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And I of - ten need to cry

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And I of - ten need to cry

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I've been left I had to I had to

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I have re - grets I had to I had to

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Life is a mess. and then you die.

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Life is a mess. and then you die.

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2. Death
for Hellskitchen Anne

Adagio q=60
1 ACT I Anne attacca
4 p
&4 b j 43


I found my mo - ther's su - i - cide note

4
&4 3
4

Mourners
pp
4
& 4 S.A. w # 3
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w
Ah... Ah... Ah...

pp
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4 B. p
4
Ah... Ah...
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Adagio q=60 attacca

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Mary (Ghost)

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No ow -ers no fune -rall no no - thing.

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& 4
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10 3. Hope
for Johanna Wilson

1 Andante q=90 Johanna mf


p
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& 4 J J #
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My fa-ther was bur ried on the

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night when the rain came my daugh-ter was

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