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And yet your touch upon them will not pass

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Joseph Turrin

Joseph Turrin


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General Info

Year: 2021
Duration: c. 4:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

And yet your touch upon them will not pass (2021) is written in memory of University of North Texas (UNT) Wind Studies doctoral alumna, Joan deAlbuquerque. She not only touche dthe hearts of the UNT community, but she also touched the hearts of all her students. After researching and writing about Turrin’s music, Joan’s musical influence transcended to the creation of this composition. Turrin’s musical commemoration uses Joan’s name to manifest sound through a unique serial organization: each letter of the alphabet is assigned a pitch chromatically starting with C. Turrin spells out “Joan deAlbuquerque” by aligning the letters in sequence with the chromatic pitches. The piece is a set of pitches from her name:

A D C C# Eb E C B C# Ab E Ab E F E Ab E
J O A N D E A L B U Q U E R Q U E

The melody achieves a unique, beautiful sound in honor of Joan’s memory. The title of the piece, And yet your touch upon them will not pass, is a line from the poem Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken. Joan’s musical touch as an inspiring teacher and colleague will never leave the hearts of everyone. The Wind Studies area and faculty are thankful for her contribution to our musical community.

Your hands once touched this table and this silver,
And I have seen your fingers hold this glass.
These things do not remember you, beloved:
And yet your touch upon them will not pass.

- From Bread and Music by Conrad Aiken

- Program Note from University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony concert program, 28 October 2021


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  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor) - 28 October 2021


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