NEW CHAMBER MUSIC
Six Word Songs
Premiere: November 13, 2011 / Katherine Growdon, mezzo-soprano; Karine Bagdasarian, piano / St. Andrew's Hall / Trinity Church in the City of Boston
Instrumentation: Medium Voice & Piano
Text: Crowd-sourced on Facebook
The lore of Hemingway's famous six word story has long held my attention. As it goes, someone made an ill-advised bet that he could not write a complete story in six words. His response was – For sale: Baby shoes; never used.
I sent out a call on Facebook for six word story submissions, and received more than fifty. The four I finally set come from close friends and family, and match the criteria of Hemingway’s original – that a full realization of rich narrative can be present in only six words.
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