Don't Say a word
Instrumentation: Amplified voice and chamber orchestra (126.96.36.199-188.8.131.52-1 perc.-synth.-strings)
Duration: 5 minutes
Recording: Available upon request
Commission: Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
Premiere: Annika Socolofsky (voice) & Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Aram Demirjian on November 9, 2017 at The Standard in Knoxville, TN
When I look around myself for an idea, when I feel as though I have nothing to work with, when I feel as though I am nothing, when I've been made to feel that I am nothing, I look to the strong women who surround me. Women's stories are tales of strength, perseverance, fire, and drive. And as the tides of history churn, gaining momentum, its no longer dangerous to declare: now it's our turn.
The text for the piece is simply: "Hush now, baby. Don't say a word. Now it's time for the women's turn."