A Palette To Paint Us As We Are (SATB)

SATB, piano

This thoughtful and variegated piece was inspired by poet Gerald Rich's moving tribute to our skins' true colors -- including such luscious shades as mahogany, coffee, champagne and rose gold. In both the choral and piano parts, a wide variety of harmonies, textures and timbres are woven together, moving softly and tenderly from one hue to another, creating a seamless tapestry of sound.


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Ithaca High School Choir - Art Loomis, conductor ~ Ithaca College * Premiere
Camerata Singers of Muskegon - Floyd Farmer, conductor
Carbondale Community High School Chamber Singers - Carlyn Zimmermann, conductor
Illinois Music Educators Association Conference
Choir of First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles - William Belan, conductor
Choir of Foothills Unitarian Church - David King, conductor
Gregg Smith Singers - Gregg Smith, conductor
One Voice Mixed Chorus - Jane Ramseyer Miller, conductor ~ GALA Choruses Festival 2008
Plymouth State University Chamber Singers - Dan Perkins, conductor
Potomac School Concert Chorus - Jerry Rich, conductor
Sine Nomine Chorus - Robert Bartalot, conductor

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Gerald Rich

"A Palette To Paint Us As We Are"
Poem by Gerald Rich

Give us a palette to paint us as we are.
Enough of black and white, yellow and red,
Those false colors that sham at fact.

Coffee, and chocolate, and café au lait,
Ivoried saffron, and saffroned ivory,
Bronze, and brass, copper, and rose gold,
Tea and pale butter, golden almond,
Infinite varieties of browns and tans,
Pale rose, pink and soft rose cream,
mahogany, oak, cedar, and champagne.

These are the colors of people I see,
Not black and white, not yellow and red.
Those false colors no longer will do.
Give us a palette to paint us true.

© by Gerald Rich. Reprinted by permission of the poet