• Joan Tower
  • Can I (2007)

  • Associated Music Publishers Inc (World)
  • perc
  • SSAA choir
  • 5 min
  • the composer
  • English

Programme Note

27 April 2008
Young People's Chorus of New York City
Francisco J. Nuñez, conductor
Miller Theater, New York, NY

Composer note:
Can I was my first vocal piece — written for the multicultural youth choir Transient Glory (director Francisco Nuñez). Many children try to be heard by their parents. This song portrays that struggle in a multicultural way using Spanish and Jewish phrases.

The percussionist provides rhythmic and pitch support and solos occasionally with Latin-type rhythms.

— Joan Tower