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