Our FINAL PROJECTS for
LESSONS from TAHRIR and the FOUNDING of the UNITED STATES
Spring 2014
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Gillian S.
Bridgette, Olivia & Noelle
 
Jake & Corey
 
Drew
 
* composition explanation
Will, Ben & Alex
Robert, David & Mike
 
 Anna R.
 Connor & Phillip
Jacob & Jarrod
 
 Kyleigh & Lia
Hollind, Mikaela, Sarah, Emma
 
Libby & Gianna
  
Gabi & Leah F.
  Steve & Axel
 
Caner, Liam & Garrison
John, Mac & Zach R.
Emma & Alice
  
Emily and Aly

 

* Drew's Musical Composition Explanation

Nothing can be found without the idea to find it. The beginning of “Found” is the idea. Confident, strong. It’s an idea of natural rights, human rights, individual liberty.

This idea transitions to a hesitant section that mirrors the uncertainty that any journey--such as revolution--entails. There will always be trepidation. There will always be doubt, doubt with the potential to hold us back, to keep us from going out and seeking what we believe to be our right or even just our wish. The cadence at the end of the second section is meant to evoke an even greater level of uncertainty, and even division.

The bridge, however, ends with a half cadence (which wants to lead into something) and transforms the uncertainty and divisiveness into the original idea. A reminder of sorts of what brings everyone together. Then the piece returns to the main theme, after which there is an echo of the second section of uncertainty, but this time it is different. What may have initially evoked hesitancy now demonstrates confidence, triumph, belief. Belief that, no matter the doubt, there is a destiny to believe in, as the Founders did.

Finally, a soft version of the original theme presents itself. This is meant to suggest a “happy” ending to the process, but the final chord tells a different story. The piece ends with a tonic major seventh chord with an added second scale degree. Translation: it really wants to resolve. But it doesn’t. The conclusion: nothing is perfect. Revolutionaries may seek the perfect system, but rarely can this truly happen. Some people are always left out. In the case of the United States, it was women, black Americans, Native Americans who were left rightless. A happy ending--at least in retrospect--would have seen those freed. We’re still working toward that goal, so the chord doesn’t resolve.

There are very few definite cadence points that would suggest conclusion. This is designed to suggest that revolution--or “finding”-- takes time. Is it ever really over?