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The City Listens


  • Choir (SATB) a cappella

  • Text: non-lexical vocables

  • Duration 8 min.

  • Commissioned by The Sibelius Academy

  • First performance on March 9, 2007, in Helsinki, Finland by The Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Saara Perkola

The City Listens is about stopping and quieting down amid busy city life. The idea came from the premiere venue: a bustling department store environment. The long sustained notes by the spatially scattered choir, the sound of tam-tam and the clinking of triangles bring to mind a ritualistic ceremony in which a busy city shopper is invited to take part for a moment. TR, 2007

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