JACK'S VALENTINE



Performed By: Luther College Pike Kor, Sandra Peters, conductor.

Instrumentation:
SSAA chorus

Text: Aldeen Humphreys

Duration: 1 minute 30 seconds

Premiere:
February 14, 2001 by Las Cantantes, Bradley Ellingboe, conductor, at the Koger Auditorium at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by C.F. Peters

Composer's Notes:
One might think of this piece as an “I wish I had said this instead” story. It is the brash inside echo of what so many of us stumble to put into words in the outside world. The “Jack” referred to in the title of this brief, no-holds-barred love song is American beat poet Jack Kerouac. Kerouac’s style of poetry, sprung full-blown from post WWII early American languages, is hip, rhythmic, and directly to the point of its subject. Aldeen Humphreys’ poem is a tribute to Jack Kerouac and a little packet of courage for shy lovers. Hey, you!

Additional Information:
Available on the CD: "Finding a Voice" Luther College Pike Kor, Sandra Peters, conductor Luther College Recordings

Score Errata:
m. 5, soprano 1: last note should be C# instead of D.