Vocalise by Joshua Pettus

About the Piece

Another early work, this was my first attempt at writing for voice. At the time I had no idea what I wanted to use for lyrics, but then I remembered there was a genre of music, all be it very small, that is sung entirely without words. Rachmaninoff's Vocalise is perhaps the most famous example, although John Williams's score Where Dreams Are Born from the soundtrack for the movie A.I. also came to mind. It seemed like a really fun way to approach the problem.