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The Exordium of Prufrock


Choral | SATB | 3′

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The Exordium of Prufrock seeks to incorporate the rhythm that is intrinsically found in the poem when spoken. Before a single note was written, the text was converted into rhythm. In an effort to preserve the complexity of the poet’s intent, the poem was thoroughly examined, and the uses of musical textures were carefully considered during the writing process. The text is an excerpt from the first stanza of The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot. This piece was written for the American Creators Chorus, directed by Craig Hella Johnson, as a part of the 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composer Symposium.


The composer would like to thank the 2014 American Creators Chorus, at the 2014 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson for their recording of The Exordium of Prufrock.

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