Available for
SSAA and piano
SSA and piano
SA and piano

 

Commissioned as a collaboration with the Columbus High School Treble Choir and Mark D. Lefeber, conductor.

Program Notes:

In early 2016, Mark approached me with the idea of writing a piece for his high school treble choir to fit into his concert theme of Empowering Women. We explored various texts, ideas, and themes, but in collaborating with the women, it became apparent to us all that we didn’t want to be reiterating someone else’s words. We could create a piece all our own. In diving deeper, however, we realized that the majority of the female experience is wrapped up in exactly what others say about us and their opinions on makeup, behavior, appearance, ambition, etc.

Through this discovery, “Autobiographical” was born.

The piece begins aleatorically with the women speaking negative statements people have said about them, all using the words “You” or “You are”. Through the musical material, they describe how frustrating the daily situation is, but to counteract that and live boldly and unapologetically in their truth, they demand to take back the narrative:

 
Let me tell my story
Let the words be my own
 
There’s a light that burns within me
To leave a trail, a path, a legacy
A fire that yearns to show
 
that I am beautiful and smart
A magnificent work of art
Sharing all the love I have to bestow.
 
My tale is only mine to tell,
Let it be autobiographical.
 
The piece ends aleatorically once again as they go their separate ways, this time speaking confidently in their truths of “I am…”


Please contact her via the contact page for SSAA, SSA, and SA arrangements.

Heidi sells her choral scores at $1.40 a copy provided via digital download (please inquire further about hard copy rates).  She requests that you purchase one copy per folder in your ensemble, so please send her a message on the contact page to order and she will send you an invoice within 24 hours. That invoice will serve as a license for a permanent number of copies allowed to be legally kept in your library at any given time.  Thank you for your understanding.