I was listening to a pogrom (Chris Hutchings)

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  • (Posted 2018-04-14)  CPDL #49333:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif
Editor: Chris Hutchings (submitted 2018-04-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: If you need a version in a different key or in bass clef, please contact the composer.

General Information

Title: I Was Listening To A Pogrom
Composer: Chris Hutchings
Lyricist: Michael Rosencreate page

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: Unison, plus unison speaking chorus (each part can be sung by a solo or by a chorus)
Genre: SecularUnknown

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2016
Description: Many thanks to Michael Rosen for generously allowing me to use his poem “I was listening to a pogrom…” for this piece! A protest song with a fair bit of sarcasm, reminiscent of Tom Lehrer. Creative Commons non-commercial license. Please use this piece to raise awareness or funds for refugees or anti-racism causes. Difficulty level: fairly tricky for the pianist, maybe grade 5-6. Sung part is not very tricky, could easily be learnt by ear, goes from low B to high E, can be sung in a low or high octave. Spoken part requires some knowledge of rhythm but could be learnt by ear. The sung and spoken parts are both single lines, and can be performed by a soloist or a group. Performance options:

  • solo or unison singing with spoken part omitted
  • solo singer plus solo speaker (optionally, this can be the pianist)
  • unison choir plus solo speaker (might be wise to amplify the speaker if so)
  • solo singer plus a group of speakers (or the spoken lines could be given to a selection of solo speakers)
  • unison choir singing, with a group of speakers<

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