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World War III Just the Highlights

World War III Just the Highlights INSTRUCTIONS Robert Ashley SOUND The Soloist is given a “focus” pitch for each of the fifteen sections of the piece. “Focus” means singing “in tune with” the given pitch but using the inflections of speech. The vocal sound is a kind of inflected chanting. Section and focus pitch: 1-F / 2-C / 3-Db / 4-Eb / 5-Ab / 6-Gb / 7-F / 8-C / 9-Db / 10-Eb / 11-Ab / 12-Gb / 13-F / 14-E (natural) / 15-F The Solo vocal style should be as “casual” as possible; that is, it should be as much like speech as possible but focused on a sung pitch. This style is a kind of “crooning.” This means that the sounds of “extended vocal techniques” are not appropriate to the meaning of the text. Also, the Soloist uses the microphone rather than “projecting” the voice. This means that the vocal sound is rather softer than in traditional singing. The tempo of the Solo line is roughly the tempo of the title spoken slowly and evenly at a natural rate. WORLD WAR THREE / JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS. (While the word “the” in the title is usually spoken as an unaccented pick-up to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

World War III Just the Highlights

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 34 (2) – May 1, 2012

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MIT Press
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© 2012 Robert Ashley
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1520-281X
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1537-9477
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10.1162/PAJJ_a_00089
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INSTRUCTIONS Robert Ashley SOUND The Soloist is given a “focus” pitch for each of the fifteen sections of the piece. “Focus” means singing “in tune with” the given pitch but using the inflections of speech. The vocal sound is a kind of inflected chanting. Section and focus pitch: 1-F / 2-C / 3-Db / 4-Eb / 5-Ab / 6-Gb / 7-F / 8-C / 9-Db / 10-Eb / 11-Ab / 12-Gb / 13-F / 14-E (natural) / 15-F The Solo vocal style should be as “casual” as possible; that is, it should be as much like speech as possible but focused on a sung pitch. This style is a kind of “crooning.” This means that the sounds of “extended vocal techniques” are not appropriate to the meaning of the text. Also, the Soloist uses the microphone rather than “projecting” the voice. This means that the vocal sound is rather softer than in traditional singing. The tempo of the Solo line is roughly the tempo of the title spoken slowly and evenly at a natural rate. WORLD WAR THREE / JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS. (While the word “the” in the title is usually spoken as an unaccented pick-up to the

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2012

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