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Broken

Choral Music

chorus with piano

work detail

instrumentation: SSAA, piano

completion date: december 2017

duration: 3 minutes

texts: "When a compass is broken" by Megan Levad

audio

Broken

Miami University Choraliers

William Bausano, conductor; Cloie Dobias, piano
World premiere recording

videos

Broken

Wheaton College Women's Chorale
Mary Hopper, director
Family Weekend Choral Showcase Concert
Recorded November 9, 2018 at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music - Wheaton, IL

performances

may 09, 2018 (premiere)

Miami University Choraliers
William Bausano, conductor
Hall Auditorium - Miami University - Miami, OH

november 09, 2018

Family Weekend Concert
Wheaton College Women's Chorale
Mary Hopper, conductor
College Church - Wheaton, IL

march 13, 2019

UC Choruses Spring Showcase
UC Women's Chorus
Molly Getsinger, conductor
Corbett Auditorium - CCM - Cincinnati, OH

april 05, 2019

Spring Concert
Wheaton College Women's Chorale
Mary Hopper, conductor
College Church - Wheaton, IL

october 04, 2019

IU Choral Collage
Voces Caelestes
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

may 01, 2020 (Cancelled due to coronavirus)

University of Toledo Rocket Choristers
Brad Pierson, conductor
Doermann Theater - University of Toledo - Toledo, OH

scores

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publisher: Mark Foster

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commission and dedication

Commissioned by the Miami University Choraliers, William Bausano, conductor, and supported, in part, by Patty Morrison, Class of 1980 and Choralier member, 1978-1980

program note

Broken is simple and repetitive music. My use of repetition is deliberate, as these cyclic patterns of behavior and anxiety are the manifestation of our brokenness. Megan Levad’s poem “When a compass is broken” captures this isolation perfectly. Her words resonate deeply with me, as I hope they will also with those who sing and hear them. Once we recognize our cycles, our awareness expands, and we begin the necessary step of breaking our patterns and being reborn anew.

This music is humbly dedicated to my dear friend William Bausano and the Miami University Choraliers.

-- Dominick DiOrio
December 2017

text

"When a compass is broken"
​by Megan Levad
from What Have I to Say to You (2017)      

 

When a compass
is broken

it can be replaced

needle, cork, shallow dish
is all it takes

More difficult
is learning

the compass is broken

That part takes decades
of wandering in the desert

information

audio

Broken

Miami University Choraliers

William Bausano, conductor; Cloie Dobias, piano
World premiere recording


videos

Broken

Wheaton College Women's Chorale
Mary Hopper, director
Family Weekend Choral Showcase Concert
Recorded November 9, 2018 at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music - Wheaton, IL


performances

may 09, 2018 (premiere)

Miami University Choraliers
William Bausano, conductor
Hall Auditorium - Miami University - Miami, OH

november 09, 2018

Family Weekend Concert
Wheaton College Women's Chorale
Mary Hopper, conductor
College Church - Wheaton, IL

march 13, 2019

UC Choruses Spring Showcase
UC Women's Chorus
Molly Getsinger, conductor
Corbett Auditorium - CCM - Cincinnati, OH

april 05, 2019

Spring Concert
Wheaton College Women's Chorale
Mary Hopper, conductor
College Church - Wheaton, IL

october 04, 2019

IU Choral Collage
Voces Caelestes
Dominick DiOrio, conductor
Auer Concert Hall - IU Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington, IN

may 01, 2020 (Cancelled due to coronavirus)

University of Toledo Rocket Choristers
Brad Pierson, conductor
Doermann Theater - University of Toledo - Toledo, OH


scores


commission and dedication

Commissioned by the Miami University Choraliers, William Bausano, conductor, and supported, in part, by Patty Morrison, Class of 1980 and Choralier member, 1978-1980


published


program note

Broken is simple and repetitive music. My use of repetition is deliberate, as these cyclic patterns of behavior and anxiety are the manifestation of our brokenness. Megan Levad’s poem “When a compass is broken” captures this isolation perfectly. Her words resonate deeply with me, as I hope they will also with those who sing and hear them. Once we recognize our cycles, our awareness expands, and we begin the necessary step of breaking our patterns and being reborn anew.

This music is humbly dedicated to my dear friend William Bausano and the Miami University Choraliers.

-- Dominick DiOrio
December 2017


text

"When a compass is broken"
​by Megan Levad
from What Have I to Say to You (2017)      

 

When a compass
is broken

it can be replaced

needle, cork, shallow dish
is all it takes

More difficult
is learning

the compass is broken

That part takes decades
of wandering in the desert


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