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My Pih-Poh

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Konshens the MC

Konshens the MC (arr. Derek Maseloff and Michael Votta)


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General Info

Year: 2019? / 2022
Duration: c. 4:45
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts – Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Trumpet
Horn in F
Trombone
Piano (optional)
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)

Narrator


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Pih-poh is "hip-hop" spelled backwards, and the title is a play on the idea of "my people." The song talks about the challenges of being black in America, but ends on a hopeful note with Konshens's five-step program for change, that starts with "you...and you...and you."

- Program Note by Michael Votta


My Pih-Poh 's improvisatory accompaniment creates a stream-of-consciousness effect as Konshens the MC's poetry confronts us with the challenges of being black in America.

- Program Note from University of Maryland Wind Orchestra concert program, 7 May 2022


My Pih-Poh is one component of a concept entitled Classically Dope. Classically Dope is a hip-hop and classical music collaboration featuring DC rapper Konshens the MC. Using music as an instrument of positive social influence, the ensemble tackles subjects such as the power of belief, racial inequality, stereotypes, police brutality, and being a change agent in the world. Combining two genres that are typically seen as polar opposites, this fusion brings diverse communities together by showing that a common love for music transcends geography, race, age, values, and socioeconomic status. The focus is on what makes us alike and how we can always find commonality, empathy, and relatability with every person in our day-to-day lives.

- Program Note from Brandon Felder website


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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  • University of Maryland (College Park) Wind Orchestra (Michael Votta, conductor) - 7 May 2022


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