2018 Open/Close Choral Consortium

Programming

In composing Closer to Home and Faster for this consortium, I imagined Faster as an concert-opener and Closer to Home as a closer. Faster is about wanting to leave a place; Closer to Home is about returning--possibly to the same place--for the very last time.

 

If Faster is programmed as an concert-opener and Closer to Home as the closing piece, the pieces in between could represent the journey the narrator takes from wanting to leave to returning one last time.

That said, these pieces can be programmed in many different ways:

- with both pieces represented as opener and closer on the same concert, as described above.

- with Faster as an opener on one concert, and Closer to Home as the final piece on a different program.

- with their roles flipped: Closer to Home programmed as a concert-opener, or Faster performed as a concert-closer.

- with both pieces performed in a row, as a set, anywhere on a program.

- with just one of the pieces programmed this year.

- in any other combination or order; it's truly up to the commissioning choruses how, where and when they program one or both of these works with their ensembles.

Past Consortium Updates

Text - Closer to Home

for Cindy, Harry, and Douglas

To the garden full of lavender,

the woods just over the fence,

the trickle of a river that's just past the dead end,

to the dog in the yard and the worn out floors

and the toys packed away down the hall—

it would've been easier not to come back at all.

 

And you're closer to home than you've ever been before,

leaving the garden, leaving the halls,

leaving the woods and the river and all.

You're closer to home than you've ever been before,

and you've never wanted to stay here more.

 

But the memories you made here

are only half the life you've lived,

and you have no choice. The woods and the garden

have given all they had to give,

and still you wonder if you'll ever learn

how to leave a place not knowing if you'll return.

 

To the garden full of lavender,

the woods just over the fence,

the trickle of a river that's just past the dead end—

it would have been easier not to come back this time,

to leave the woods, the garden, the river and all behind.

 

But you're closer to home than you've ever been before,

though it isn't the woods and it isn't the garden,

it isn't the house or the dog in the yard—

you're closer to home than you've ever been before

as you realize home isn't here,

you finally realize home isn't here anymore.

 

Now it's time to close the door

on a house where you had a garden, a river;

you couldn't have asked for better or more.

And maybe you'll return someday, somehow,

but it's time to go back to the life you're living now.

 

It's time to go home to a life you won't outgrow.

Leaving the garden, leaving the halls,

leaving the woods and the river and all,

it's time to go home, for finally you know

that home will be waiting for you,

home will follow wherever you go.

 

—Dale Trumbore

Text - Faster

I know I should be happy with what I have,

where I am now, the slow and simple life I live.

But it feels like I'm stuck in the same place,

ready for something new,

knowing that something has to give.

 

What if I want to go faster? What if it's time to leave?

What if I want the unknown world to open up?

What if I'm ready now to be on my own,

ready to leave a life I've outgrown?

 

Now I choose to either move on,

to go as fast as I can, or be content staying here.

What if I'm tired of feeling left without a voice?

Maybe I'm ready now, ready to make my choice.

 

When will I know that it's time to leave?

Even if I had all the answers, what would I want them to be?

And if it's up to me to decide my own fate,

what if I don't have to wait?

 

And even though I'm grateful

for all that's happened here,

my path is slowly becoming clear:

 

if I want to go faster, if I want to leave,

the answers are already here; now I can see

that it's happening, finally.

 

I can choose to go,

find a way to leave, somehow.

Suddenly, the unknown world

is opening up to me now.

 

 

—Dale Trumbore

Demo Tracks - Faster - SATB

Demo Tracks - Faster - SSAA

Demo Tracks - Faster - TTBB

Demo Tracks - Closer to Home - SATB

Demo Tracks - Closer to Home - SSAA

Demo Tracks - Closer to Home - TTBB

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