Missy Mazzoli: A Thousand Tongues (viola version)

viola (amp) and prerecorded electronics

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Additional Info

  • Composer
    Missy Mazzoli
  • Publisher
    G Schirmer Inc
  • Arrangement
    Viola/Live Electronics (VLA/ELEC)
  • Format
  • Genre
    20th Century


For amplified viola and prerecorded electronics. A Thousand Tongues was originally commissioned by cellist and vocalist Jody Redhage. The version for viola was premiered by Nadia Sirota. This piece is a short but intense response to the following text by Stephen Crane: Yes, I have a thousand tongues, / And nine and ninety-nine lie. / Though I strive to use the one, / It will make no melody at my will, / But is dead in my mouth. — Missy Mazzoli


The electronics file contains two tracks:

  1. Electronics, click, and voice - for the performer's use in-ear
  2. Electronics with voice for amplification to accompany the performer: the audience hears this track with the recorded voice

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