I. Mind you, Now II. Summer Song III. Warning IV. Chang McTang McQuarter Cat
SSAA chorus, string quartet
Barbara M. Tagg and the Syracuse Children’s Chorus
May 3, 2009 by the Syracuse Children's Chorus and the Cassatt String Quartet, Barbara Tagg, conductor, Syracuse, NY
Libby Larsen Publishing
Working with fine poetry is one of the truly great joys for a composer. Poets, as you know, are composers too. They work with words, we composers work with pitches. Both poets and composers use rhythm, rhyme-scheme, syntax, timbre, texture, and articulation to create our sonic offerings.
The Mind You, Now pieces are settings of poems selected from American poet John Ciardi’s volumes of children’s poetry The Man Who Sang the Sillies and You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You. One of our nation’s finest poets, John Anthony Ciardi (1916–1986) was born in Boston and taught at Harvard University and Rutgers University. With over forty volumes of poetry to his name, he was presented with the National Teachers Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 1982. He was editor of the Saturday Review from 1956 to 1972. His occasional public television broadcasts were supplemented by his weekly National Public Radio series, A Word in Your Ear, that begun in 1980.
Chang McTang McQuarter Catis a playful portrait of a loveable pet who knows how to divide himself into just the right kinds of cat ratios—yowling, scratching, yawning, grinning, and winning his way into our hearts.
It is a great pleasure working with Dr. Barbara Tagg and my wonderful friends in the Syracuse Children’s Choir. We hope to touch your own silly bones as we sing you John Ciardi’s poetry for the child in all of us.
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