Not Worth was commissioned by the New York City ensemble Sequitur for an evening of cabaret songs based on the theme of money. I chose and adapted a text from the Analects (Lun Yu 4.5) of Confucius.
Riches and glory,
everyone loves riches and glory.
But if you canâ€™t get them the right way
Theyâ€™re not worth winning.
Poverty and obscurity,
everyone hates poverty and obscurity.
But if you canâ€™t get rid of them the right way
Theyâ€™re not worth losing.
Not Worth has been recorded by Sequitur with Kristin Norderval singing; the disk is called To Have and To Hold and you can buy it here.
Not Worth is part of my ongoing project A Book of Days. You can hear Karol Bennett’s excellent live performance by going to February 3rd.
Here is a score of the piece in pdf format. I’m open to you arrangingÂ it for your ensemble; let me know what you have in mind.
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