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Come On, America for quintet

Photo by Stewart Engart, The University of Oregon
Premiere performance at the University of Oregon. Conducted by Stephen Medlar.

Score

The musical material in this piece is derived from the 1918 World War I song “Come On, America!” by Kenneth M. Murchison and Edmund Vance Cooke as heard in combination tones. The melody appears in each section but only appears in the correct order in the final section of the piece. The melody is first presented in a random order and then, through the bitonic sorting algorithm, is sorted as the piece is played. Additional musical material is derived from the phonetics of the lyrics of the same piece.

This piece’s formed is derived from the standard pop formula of intro, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, verse, prechorus, chorus, verse, bridge, and verse but the duration of each section has been distorted/modulated by a sine wave. The parameters of both speed and pitch within each formal division are dependent on the length of the distorted division’s length.

Premiered at the Oregon Bach Festival, 2018 University of Oregon, Aasen-Hull Hall, July 7, 2018.