Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

Talk is Cheap

I completed this evening, after four days of off-and-on on it, my latest choral work.

Jeffery Thyer has asked me to compose a work for his chorus in New York City, to be performed on April 15, Tax Day.  The theme of every work on that concert is money, in some form or another.

So, I have with Jeff’s approval chosen several sayings about money, taxes, expense, and the like, and set them for unaccompanied chorus.

These are silly little ditties, intended to provoke a laugh, or at least a chuckle.  Buried in the midst of the brief pieces are quotations from the Marseilles and Yankee Doodle and the National Anthem, and one work pays homage to Chopin’s E minor prelude.  Cute and silly — those are the right words.

I’ll get them into Finale in the next few days and have them off to Jeff soon enough.  Then I’m going to shop them around here and see if anyone wants to nibble on them for a high school concert.

Here’s a shot of me with Jeffery in Grand Rapids some years ago:Jeffery Thyer and me.