SSA with two soloists and drum. The most powerful piece I’ve ever heard about standing up to domestic violence. I take little claim for the piece; it came to me almost fully formed and I just fleshed it out. It’s a hard-driving critique of violence from all perspectives, centered around the vow itself:
I swear by the Earth and all I hold dear, / I will not stand by and watch this slaughter; / I will intervene, I’ll stand in your way; / You will not strike your sistah, your wife, a-your daughter! /
Must have two power soloists and an ensemble ready to go the emotional distance. Has received a standing ovation at every performance.
One version available on CD: The Indianapolis Women’s Chorus’ To Sing Is To Fly at Amazon.