The bantu originated from Swahili speakers therefore incorporating the idea of call and response. The stanzas are couplets where the first line is more metaphorical and the second line more concrete. Since I wanted this movement to be at a fast tempo and to contain a lot of energy, I wrote a bantu about competition.
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The hope of a new season
The return of the team core
Those with promise not yet realized
Unexpected talent discovered
Who will stay and who will go?
Working on things you already know so you don’t forget them
The strong and weak make music together
A chance to wow the hometown crowd
A grueling test of endurance, talent and fortitude
The only time you root for other teams
The Darwinian Principle: Survival of the fittest
A tug of war where dreams are realized or shattered
A chance to say, “There’s always next year”
The loosing clubhouse
A fleeting moment of glory before the need to prove oneself again
Call and response between each instrument permeates this movement with alternations of which instrument is the leading voice. M. 1-15 reflects the first stanza and I used a lot of rising lines to reflect hope and optimism. M. 16-36 represents reunion through the use of double stops. M. 37-56 represent the next two stanzas where promise (triplet figures) and surprise (wide intervals) are the themes.
M. 56 & 57 serve as a transition to a slower tempo. M. 58-71 create anxiety through pizzicato and tremolos. M. 72-88 connotate drill, through repetitive triplets, and fundamentals, through descending fifths. This section concludes with M. 89-106 where downbeats and afterbeats represent working together with rhythm.
M. 107-109 serves as a transition back to the original tempo. My ears were shouting at me to return to the opening material and not introduce any more new ideas. As I read over the poem, I realized that the emotions of stanzas 8-12 are similar to the emotions of the first four stanzas, so returning to the opening material made sense poetically as well as musically. The last two stanzas are reflected from M. 156-end.
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