One Boy Told Me

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB, piano

"One Boy Told Me" is a collection of quotes from the perspective of a child. The music highlights the fun and surprising observations of the text but also the heartbreaking honesty that can only come from a child.

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
TCT-OneBoyToldMe
Duration: 
4:00
Total Pages: 
16
Commissioned By: 
Commissioned by the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota, Garrett Lathe, founding director.
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
04/15/2012
Premiere Ensemble: 
Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota
Premiere Conductor: 
Garrett Lathe
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Text
Text Author or Source: 
Naomi Shihab Nye
Language: 
English
Text: 

Music lives inside my legs.
It's coming out when I talk.

There's a stopper in my arm
that's not going to let me grow any bigger.
I'll be like this always, small.

I'll invite a bee to live in your shoe.
What if you found your shoe
full of honey?

My tongue is the car wash
for the spoon.

Just think -- no one has ever seen
inside this peanut before!

When I grow up my old names
will live in the house
where we live now.
I'll come and visit them.

What does minus mean?
I never want to minus you.

I do and don't love you --
isn't that happiness?

-Naomi Shihab Nye. Used with permission.