for medium voice and piano
The green bug sleeps in the white lily ear.
The red bug sleeps in the
Shiny wings, you are choosers of colors.
taken your summer bungalows wisely.
[ 1 page, circa 35" ]
This sweet, diminutive poem about diminutive creatures evokes a simple
summer evening and called for a diminutive setting, a mere 23 measures
How long must a song be? This is all a matter of the text, and how
succinctly one might capture the meaning and flavor of that text.
The utterly simple accompaniment features a gentle arpeggio of seconds
under a simple melodic line in the form of any hymn tune of four phrases
length. The harmonic structure is simple, a set of climbing fourths in
succession, following which the song fades away as one set of diatonic
seconds climbs to the highest range of the setting while another set of
seconds sinks below, with a final little "wink."
The score for Small Homes is available as a free PDF download,
though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is
prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the
graphic below for this piano-vocal score.