Is Money Money

for soprano, clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet, viola, violoncello and double bass

Anne LeBaron

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for soprano, clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet, viola, violoncello and double bass

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Composer Anne LeBaron
Year of Composition 2000
Duration ca.8'

Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-alb1imm1


Commissioned by Sequitur.

Text by Gertrude Stein.

First performed February 3, 2000 by Sequitur with Dora Ohrenstein (soprano) at Joe’s Pub, The Public Theater, New York.

The directive of this commission from Sequitur was to compose a piece for their specified instrumentation that would relate in some way to the subject of money. In my investigation of possible texts to set to music, I was ultimately attracted to the pithy and downhome realism, replete with nursery rhyme quotation, in Gertrude Stein’s amused remarks about money. The texts I selected to set are from “Money” and “All About Money,” first appearing in 1936 in The Saturday Evening Post. Apparently, Stein’s written observations on the subject were provoked by the fact that her most conventional book, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, was the first to actually earn any money.

The nine call bells and two ratchets that the instrumentalists play are stylized sonic depictions of that now extinct instrument of commerce, the cash register.

Performers are required to play nine call bells and two ratchets. If you require assistance sourcing these additional instruments, please contact Composers Edition.