Tongue Twisters

Instrumentation:  SSA Chorus and Piano

Duration:  7:20

Purchase Score(s):  Hal Leonard

Program Note
Tongue Twisters (2003), is a setting of phrases from three tongue twisters: “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers”; “Sarah sells seashells by the seashore”; and “How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood.” These were favorites of mine as a child, and sprang to mind as I was sitting in my studio during a residency at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in 2003. I decided to compose settings of each phrase for treble chorus and piano. I am grateful to the Virginia Commission for the Arts for the composer fellowship that sponsored this residency. The settings have musical twists designed to capture the intricacy of the verbal ones. The first has the sharp bite of a tasty pepper, the second has the more pensive character of a walk along the beach, while the third has the lively character of a wood chuck in action.–JS