It Might Happen Today

Composer
Karl Henning
Composer Nationality
American
Text
Emma Wallingford (age 8)
Year Composed
2018
Pages
20
Minutes
5:30
Difficulty
5 (Challenging)
Language
English
Voicing
3 part low voice chorus
Divisi
No
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Rhythmic, with steady energy; Joyful
Description

In an earlier life, I sang with the choir of the Cathedral Church of St Paul on Tremont Street, and one of my choir fellows was Mara Wallingford. At about this time last year, Mara gleefully (I think it fair to employ this adverb) posted that her eight-year-old daughter Emma, in an effort to resist being sent to bed, improvised a song ‒ and Mara posted the text. Almost immediately, I sent to Mara, saying how much I enjoyed the text, and asking if Emma would permit me to set it to my own music. Permission was secured almost immediately. Also immediately, I knew that I wanted to write the piece for a Triad concert, and I wanted it to represent something of a break with the habitual Henning pieces which Triad has sung in the past: much of the Henningmusick we have sung has been on sacred texts, for one thing; and for another, my first thought was to set it for women’s voices. On the latter point, however, as the music came to me, it seemed that it was going to be so much fun to sing, that I wanted in ‒ so I decided instead to set it for men’s choir. Musically, the piece is a fresh application (I think) of “all my usual tricks”: brain-cramping interlocking rhythmic games, a mellifluous homorhythmic cadential refrain, and nearly-canonic imitation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU4Sc7jlXiI

Audio Credit
Triad: Boston's Choral Collective
Group
Triad
Performances
Triad: 2018 November 17 & 18 (Love Is the Every), cond. Mukasa (World Premiere); Traid: 2019 May 11 & 12 (Madrigals)