for voice & guitar (2005)
Composer Facsimile Edition, 2+ minutes
Democrats is a short, humorous
piece for mezzo and guitar. The
piece was commissioned by conductor George Mabry as one of four
such offerings, including one of his own, for his wife, mezzo-soprano
Sharon Mabry, on her birthday. Mabry premiered the piece with
guitarist Stanley Yates in 2007 on a Dimensions
at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Eating
Democrats is the first of a group of pieces called Five
True Remarkable Occurrences.
The dedication reads:
" To Sharon Mabry, diva straordinaria, in celebration of her birthday on
July 16, 2005"
See text below.
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Alfred Packer ate five prospectors whom he was guiding over a high Colorado
plateau in 1874.
The judge who sentenced
Packer to hang indignantly pointed out that "There was
only six Democrats in all of Hinsdale County and you ate
five of them."
The Department of Agriculture
startled the official community by dedicating its cafeteria
Packer. Then the General
Services Administration removed the plaque and accused them of "bad