Rising for cello

by Pamela J. Marshall

for cello

Duration ~8 min.


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I met a violist at a Worcester gig who told me that “I Rise” by Maya Angelou was her favorite poem. I was moved by its power and so wrote this, in four sections, reminiscent of a Bach Suite.

I’ve made this cello adaptation from the original viola version.

The section titles come from lines in the poem:

  1. Like dust, I’ll rise
  2. With the certainty of tides…i’ll rise
  3. Does my sassiness…my haughtiness…my sexiness upset you?
  4. Out of the huts…I rise…I am the dream and the hope…I rise

Part of the Poetry-Inspired Music collection


Listen to an MP3 audio file of the viola version, created with virtual orchestra sounds, including East West Quantum Leap and Native Instruments Kontakt 3. It is not as warm or expressive as a live player, of course.


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