SSAATTBB a cappella (10’). Commissioned by Volti.
Sound Explanations, composed as part of Volti Chamber Singers’ Choral Arts Laboratory, is a simulated playing experience of the first edition of MONOPOLY®, aimed to capture not only the excitement, cunning, and glee that we associate with playing a game, but also a part of the experience of life during the Depression. All texts for the piece are taken from the original instructions booklet, the Chance and Community Chest cards, as well as from texts on the 1936 version of the MONOPOLY® board. Sound Explanations begins with declarations of wealth, bidding, and the accumulation of properties. Eventually, the adventuresome atmosphere in the beginning fades in the end, just as dreams of wealth give way to reality.