2. Płakała Zapałka by Ania Vu published on 2019-01-17T01:31:47Z Song cycle premiered as a whole at the Penn Sound Collective at the University of Pennsylvania. December 2018 Paulina Swierczek, soprano Andy Thierauf, percussion Hanchien Lee, piano The last song, "a może..." was first written for and premiered at the SoundSCAPE Festival in Cesena, Italy. July 2018 Mary-Liz O'Neill, mezzosoprano Bryn Lutek, percussion Ariel Magno da Costa, piano Gra dźwięków, gra słów (Soundplay, wordplay) is a set of three Polish songs written for various combinations of soprano or mezzo, piano, and percussion. All three songs primarily deal with the sounds and properties of the Polish language. The first song is set to a tongue-twister stół z powyłamywanymi nogami (a convoluted way of saying a table with broken legs), and plays extensively with the syllabic nature of the words. The poem for the second song emerged from a phrase that uses several long vowel sounds and similar consonants: płakała zapałka (a match was crying). This phrase set the tone for an intimate story, reminiscent of a childhood fable. The text of a może... originated from my choosing of certain homophones and similar sounding phonemes: może my/możemy/morze/umrzemy. After having picked those, I constructed a narrative. I was also interested in experimenting with the structure of the text, such as the addition and subtraction of syllables. Addition is about building up from a single syllable to a whole sentence using homophones, and subtraction about removing the first syllable of every subsequent line. For the last word of the subtracted phrase, I made sure to choose words that would still make sense on their own, even after being deconstructed. For example, umrzemy (we'll die)--> rzemy, not a word, but sounds like że my (that we)--> my (we). Another example would be z tęsknoty (from yearning)--> no Ty (well you) --> Ty (you).