Declaration

Composer
Carolyn Chen
Composer Nationality
Chinese
Text
Carolyn Chen
Year Composed
2017
Pages
2
Minutes
6
Language
English
Voicing
Mixed chorus
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Humorous
Description

This conceptual piece, written for "an untold number of untrained singers," explores the social dynamics of compliance, forming lines, and obeying the rules in a transit hub like an airport. Singers are instructed to sing the words "we are bringing" on any pitch, and then organize in a line from lowest pitch to highest pitch before their breath gives out. Having to fulfill these requirements in one breath gives the exercise a chaotic urgency. After several such rounds, the piece concludes with quiet, individual declarations of items one might bring (or not be allowed to bring) from one country into another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oevxd7VuY9k

Audio Credit
Umberto Belfiore, video and recording
Group
C3LA
Performances
C3LA: May 2018 (Conversations with Strangers)