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you : for vocal ensemble and piano

by Meta Cohen (2022)

A Love Is A Love Is A Love


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you : for vocal ensemble and piano / music by Meta Cohen ; text by Nikki Viveca.

Library shelf no. 782.5542/COH 3 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Some of the deepest queer encounters and friendships begin online.

you is the first song in a wider queer song cycle called 'a love is a love is a love'. It evokes the intimacy of midnight messenger windows, screen glows and keyboard clicks. Nikki Viveca's text explores sharing a queer experience with someone you've never met in person, and the ways in which we choose to disclose queerness to those we trust. These people might not always be the people around us, so I was very interested in the bespoke intimacy of being close with someone far away.

you explores the specific type of love and understanding between queer people who might share common experiences, whether this be of lost dreams by day, or by the trusting of a secret name not yet known to anyone else by night.

Work Details

Year: 2022

Instrumentation: SSATBarB vocal ensemble, piano.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by ABC Classics.

Prizes/Awards: Awarded the inaugural ABC Classic and ABC Jazz Composer Commissioning Fund 2021

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