Micro-Dramatic Songs from Prague II (2010)
by Dan Senn

for soprano and piano (BMI)

This song cycle is based on my own texts most of which were written in the the Spring 2009, while in Prague, just after completing the Micro-Dramatic Songs from Prague I (2009) for marimba, soprano and string trio. Like the previous
set, they are presented as musical vignettes which are meant to be humorous, and both socially and personally reflective. With the pauses between songs, this cycle has a duration of about eleven minutes.

I have used "micro-dramatic" here to describe the small dramas which occur in a society where people are continuously in close proximity with one another. For example, in a trip to the market in Prague, on the #217 bus over the hill to the Anděl shopping area, a dozen small dramatic exchanges may occur before I again cross the threshold of my flat, my back pack full of groceries. That I am not fluent in Czech only adds to the observational intensity. This is one of the attractions Prague has for me, an urban Walden Pond of sorts, which is in stark contrast with my little-too-perfect and drama-free life in Wisconsin.

The sound files that accompany the scores below are generated by the Sibelius notation software.

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The Sun Wrinkled Lady, 2:02

The Tram Spider, 2:37

The Never Close, 3:33

The Bitumen Race, 2:23

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