Undine Smith Moore: Before I’d Be A Slave

—with thanks to Bert Carter for introducing me to this piece

Moore wrote on the title page:

“It follows a program which I would hope is evident in the music without verbal  explanation – in general:

In frustration and chaos of slaves who wish to be free

In the depths – a slow and ponderous struggle marked by attempts to escape-anyway-being bound-almost successful attempt at flight

Tug of war with the oppressors

A measure of freedom won – some upward movement less lacerating

Continued aspiration-determination-affirmation.” [cite]

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