Brian Topp and Thursdays Writing Collective

This song is based on a poem written by 19 members of the Collective. Each of us began with the same line at the top of a blank sheet – “the devil doesn’t have any music.” It’s a quote from singer Mavis Staples. We each wrote a sentence of our own invention below that and then passed the page to the right. On the sheet we received from the left we read what was there and added another and then again passed the pages to the right. And so on. Later Elee softly assembled the lines from all 19 poems into this one collective poem.

Above is a recording from the premiere at UBC School of Music on April 2, 2015. Brian Topp, composer; Thursdays Writing Collective, writers; Hannah Gomme, soprano; Hannah Han, piano. Below is the full score.
Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-001 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-002 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-003 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-004 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-005 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-006 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-007 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-008 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-009 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-010 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-011 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-012 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-013 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-014 Drop the Beat.Brian Topp-page-015

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