Ellen Taaffe Zwilich

Score and Part(s)
Performing Ensemble: Voice and Instrument
Instrumentation: Bass, Djembe, Piano
Item Number: 141-40098
Number of Pages: 16
Text: Stanley Moss, "Ubuntu"
Duration: 6:00
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Print Status: In Print


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“Ubuntu” for Bass Voice, Djembe, and Piano

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The opening of Stanley Moss's poem unfurls the spirit captured in Zwilich's musical setting for Bass Voice, Djembe (African drum), and Piano: "I salute a word, I stand up and give it my chair, because this one Zulu word, ubuntu, holds what English takes seven to say: 'the essential dignity of every human being.' I give my hand to ubuntu - " Zwilich's six-minute work proudly declaims Moss's message, using a djembe to add African-inspired color and punctuation to the musical whole.

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Composition Date 2017