Instrumentation SATB choir and string quartet

Timing ca. 4’45”

Composed 2003

Poem by Carol Burdick

Commissioned by the Alfred Chamber Singers in honour of Carol Burdick

World Premiere March 27, 2004, St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Alfred, New York. Alfred Chamber Singers; Alfred University string quartet; Luanne Crosby, conductor

Performance Note Discards may be performed as a stand-alone piece or as part of the trilogy Three Songs for CB

Programme Notes

When I read through Carol Burdick’s poetry collections in search of texts for a trilogy of choral works, Discards sparkled for me. “Sari’s” careful and stately procession along the beach, and the delicate colour and glint of the broken seashells she collects, were both images that, to my imagination, made for potent musical inspiration. The result is a work that dances on the surface and glistens in detail.

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