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Why the Caged Bird Sings

Why the Caged Bird Sings

Product Number: 7149*

Composer: Shatin, Judith

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7149 Why the Caged Bird Sings
file_7149-E Why the Caged Bird Sings (Downloadable)
*Downloadable choral octavo minimum order quantity is 6.


Why the Caged Bird Sings for SATB chorus and piano, is a setting of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, Sympathy. His poem speaks through poetic metaphor of the suffering of repression. It inspires us to lift up our voices and to speak out in sympathy. Author Maya Angelou used the line, “I know why the caged bird sings” as the title of her autobiographical novel, and also of her own poem of the same name.
Commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, this setting is energetic and colorful, with skillful painting of the text and a deft piano accompaniment which moves things along without obscuring the vocal writing. Duration: 4:45

Additional Information

Product Number 7149*
Composer/Arranger Shatin, Judith
Text Author Dunbar, Paul Laurence
Voicing & Instruments SATB Chorus (divisi) and Piano
Special Services/Occasions Martin Luther King Day
Topics (Secular) Social Justice/Social Concerns
Difficulty Medium
Language of Text English
Historical Period 21st Century
Recording Credits Recorded by The Singers, under the direction of Matthew Culloton, Minneapolis, MN. Recording Engineer: David Trembley, Soundmaster Productions.
Publisher E. C. Schirmer Music Company

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