• Missy Mazzoli
  • A Thousand Tongues (cello version) (2009)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • cello (amp), voice and pre-recorded electronics (one player)
  • 6 min
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Stephen Crane
  • English

Programme Note

Premiere:
August 28, 2009
Jody Redhage, cello

Related works:
   A Thousand Tongues
   viola version
   cello version
   violin and piano version

Composer Note:
A Thousand Tongues was commissioned by cellist and vocalist Jody Redhage. This piece is a short but intense response to the following text by Stephen Crane:

   Yes, I have a thousand tongues,
   And nine and ninety-nine lie.
   Though I strive to use the one,
   It will make no melody at my will,
   But is dead in my mouth.

— Missy Mazzoli

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