Nah Nah

Instrumentation: Piano
Duration: 2:30
Premiere: May 18, 1971
Judith Shatin
Douglass College, New Brunswick, NJ
Premiere, Revised Version:
David Oei
Online performance 9/8/2020

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Nah, Nah is a revised and retitled version of Giocare, originally comoposed for my senior recital in 1971 at Douglass College, where I gave the first composition recital in the school’s history. I first titled it Giocare , the Italian verb to play, but when I came back to the piece and revised it in 2020, I wanted the title to reflect the nature of the type of play, the child’s mocking chant found in so many different cultures. I was fascinated by the cultural stretch of this chant as well as its links with tunes such as Ring Around the Rosie . The chant pops up in various guises throughout this short piece. m n–JS

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