Lip Service

Composer
Diana Woolner
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1985
Text
Katharine Lee Bates
Year Composed
2017
Pages
37
Minutes
10
Language
English
Voicing
8 part mixed chorus
Solos
4 Soloists
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Sparse, distant, minimal; Tense, with some edge
Description

There are two overarching organizing patterns in LIP SERVICE: the mechanical processes of firing a missile in parallel to the temporality determined by the criminalization of immigrants and its holding patterns—waiting in indefinite detention, suspense and immobility. The piece isolates and reorganizes selected musical and linguistic elements from the classic anthem "America the Beautiful" in patterns and combinations in which language never fully forms. The anthem is further presented via fractured rhythms rather than being treated lyrically or melodically.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm8PzDnSROA&t=9s

Audio Credit
Jake Viator, re: Jimena Sarno (collaborating artist)
Group
C3LA
Performances
C3LA: Oct/Nov 2017 (American Breakfast)