We the People

Mark Koval

About this work:
For Narrator, Chorus (SATB or SSAA), Six Cellos, and Piano. - In the spring of 2004, over 4,000 same-sex couples across the United States applied for marriage licenses and were married in civil ceremonies. But within weeks, state courts invalidated these marriages and the President of the United States vowed to amend the U. S. Constitution to restrict the meaning of marriage. Is there such a thing as a fundamental right to marry? Does the Constitution guarantee this right to everyone? As the debate over same-sex marriage unfolds, Americans must ask themselves how dedicated they are to the concept of true equality. We the People is a choral musical that explores this question by combining music with statistical data and historical precedent. It examines the challenges faced by gay Americans as they strive to create families and raise children in an un-supportive society. We the People celebrates the courage and diversity of these people and the common bond they share with all Americans.
Year composed: 2005
Duration: 00:35:00
Ensemble type: Chorus, with or without Solo Voices:Unknown
Instrumentation: 1 Piano, 6 Cello, ,1 Narrator soloist(s), 1 S, 1 A, 1 T, 1 B
Instrumentation notes: Available in two choral formats: SATB or SSAA; Narrator's part is ideal for a gay celebrity/icon

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