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Theme and Variations on a Geographical Fugue - North America

10 members needed
3-part choir (any voicing), a cappella
A new work to be composed by Paul John Rudoi
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 3 minutes
Releases on Jan. 1st 2022
Must be funded by Oct. 1st 2021
$200 / ensemble

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The Theme and Variations on a Geographical Fugue is a choral project of 7 spoken-word pieces based on locations in each of the 7 continents. Ernst Toch's original Geographical Fugue is the most well-known work from his three-piece set Gesprochene Musik (Spoken Music). The work was an experiment meant to be recorded when performed, then have the recording sped up and replayed as instrumental music. Each final piece in the set will be the result of the words chosen by the members (see lyrics below). In this way I hope to continue Ernst Toch's fun experiment in a new way, bringing life to the diversity of names in each continent and throughout the globe.


The members of this project will collaborate on the final "libretto" of 10 new locations from around North America:

Each of the first 10 members of the project will put together a list of locations on their own, and all project members will vote for which locations will be included! I will then create a "libretto" from the final list.

Watch out for the poll in the comments section of the project page once the work is funded.

The new libretto will be similar to the original Geographical Fugue. For reference, here's the original's English translation version:
And the big Mississippi
and the town Honolulu
and the lake Titicaca,
the Popocatepetl is not in Canada,
rather in Mexico, Mexico, Mexico!
Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi
Canada, Málaga, Rimini, Brindisi
Yes, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet, Tibet,
Nagasaki! Yokohama!
Nagasaki! Yokohama!

About Paul John Rudoi

Yonder Come Day (arr.)
Paul John Rudoi is an award-winning composer, conductor, tenor vocalist, and arts entrepreneur. Deemed “indisputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Paul’s award-winning compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe. His work has garnered numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, the ACF, MRAC, MSAB, the NEA, and ASCAP. His music is published through PJR Music alongside Graphite, Santa Barbara, Walton, Morningstar, and ECS music publishers. As a professional tenor vocalist, Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music in professional ensembles nationwide, including Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Cantus. During his tenure in Cantus, he premiered dozens of new works, traveled on four continents, conducted and educated via masterclasses driven by Cantus’ artistic and programming model, and advocated for arts education and empowerment through various outreach opportunities nationwide. Paul is also a fierce advocate for new music trends, resources, and issues. His presentation at the 2015 NDSU Choral Symposium, “LIVING SETS: Choral Organisms for the 21st Century,” proposed that the entire choral field should consider new music in the context of composers’ lifelong musical contributions, not just one’s next popular published work. He is also the CEO of “Consortio,” designed to help composers, conductors, and ensembles find common themes and interests for consortium-based commissioning while offering tools and services to make such commissioning more readily accessible and feasible. Paul holds degrees from The Hartt School and the University of Oregon (expected June, 2018). His teachers have included Sharon Paul, Robert Kyr, Libby Larsen, and Edward Bolkovac.