Rising for viola

by Pamela J. Marshall

for viola

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.

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

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.


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