“Dawala,” by Allison Adah Johnson

“Dawala,” by Allison Adah Johnson

  • Source: Allison Adah Johnson
  • Year: 2012
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann



This is a recording of the People’s Microphone Camerata performing “Dawala,” by Allison Johnson on April 15, 2012.

Duos will:
-face each other, sitting or standing
-choose at least one motive
-begin together but each may choose a different tempo and starting pitch
-each voice may repeat as many times as desired, and may end together or not
 -notes should be sung on “da” or “la” or “wa”
-Articulations may vary to a great extent
-Each motive should be considered as a general visual map, with pitches relative to (not necessarily matching) those of the duo partner
-The piece should be thought of in three parts.
-Each should be approximately 90 seconds long.
-The piece ends whenever the last sound is made.

 For Part 1:
-Tempo can vary throughout
-Dynamics can vary from p-ff

For Part 2:
-Tempo can vary throughout
-Dynamics can vary from ppp-mp

For Part 3:
-Tempo can vary throughout
-Dynamics can vary from ppp-fff


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