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They Have No Song
Composed by Mary Goetze
Instrumentation: piano and pipes
Catalog number: AMP 0442
The effect I look for in the pipes and wind sounds is that of wind blowing through rushes and reeds.
5 3/16" = high d 10" = low d 6 1/2" = high c 11 7/16" = low c
The pipes can be tuned by shortening them very slightly to raise the pitch, so I recommend cutting them a tiny bit long and shortening them as needed. You may block one end with tape. The open ends should be blown across, like the hole of a flute. A breathy sound is fine as long as the pitches are perceivable. Any number can be used, but the effect should be quiet and natural, with gentle random unarticulated attacks (i.e., without tonguing) .At the end, each one should fade and stop producing pitch, but just blowing enough to get a "wind" sound that can fade to nothing. Tenor and alto.recorders, blown gently and without vibrato, can be used as well.
ABOUT THE SONG:
Sedges are grasses that grow along shorelines and the poet tells us that he hears music when the wind brows over them. "They have no song and yet [in the perceiver] they sing" to me is a lovely testimonial to the glorious sounds that abound in nature which we can choose or allow ourselves to experience as music! His message can lead to interesting discussions about the role of the listener in music, or the broader question, "What is music and what is not?"
Mary Goetze January 2002
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