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979-0-57036-192-2 Songs for the Twenty-First Century – Score Available at MusicRoom Buy now (£17.95)


Part of the Songs for the Twenty-First Century collection

A collection of 15 songs for voice and accompaniment
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I sing the body electric takes cuttings from Walt Whitman’s much longer poem called I sing the body electric. I’ve parsed out the emotive words from the text and ‘beeped’ them out using an instrument. The ‘censored’ text is read aloud while the emotive words that had been removed are re-inserted into the sung part. As a result, Walt Whitman’s ‘monologue’, written over 100 years ago, becomes a dialogue between two men, bringing out the brave and rebellious carnal aspects of the text – and, hopefully, a little tender romance.


5 minutes
Walt Whitman
1 Piano, 1 Speaker, 1 Male Voice, 1 Unspecified Ensemble
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