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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.
The section titles come from lines in the poem:
- Like dust, I’ll rise
- With the certainty of tides…i’ll rise
- Does my sassiness…my haughtiness…my sexiness upset you?
- Out of the huts…I rise…I am the dream and the hope…I rise
This version for viola is my original concept. I’ve also adapted Rising for cello.
Part of the Poetry-Inspired Music collection
Listen to an MP3 audio file, created with virtual orchestra sounds, including East West Quantum Leap and Native Instruments Kontakt 3.