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The Miracle of the Walking Fish (2011)
for baritone and guitar
texts by Jackson Bliss
35 minutes

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Score and Parts

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Score and Parts

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Program Note

 

The Miracle of the Walking Fish is a story about the transformation of Love, centering on a boy who leaves Todos Santos, a town in Baja California full of artisans, artists, even expats from North America, to find his father in California.  But instead of finding his dad, the boy meets a Peruvian girl in Los Feliz, and falls in love with her.  Together they take a bus to Santa Monica, connect to each of their homelands on the beach, and then they throw the boy's twin stones back in to the Pacific Ocean.  This is the beginning of their new life together as two Americans living in a city of new beginnings.

 

The Miracle of the Walking Fish evolved from the Writer and Composer course at USC, co-taught by professors Frank Ticheli and David St. John.  Two of the songs were performed during the spring of 2010, and both Jackson Bliss (graduate writing student) and Laura Kramer (graduate composition student) continued to collaborate after the conclusion of the course.  A total of twelve songs and four guitar interludes were completed in full by the summer of 2011, and the work was premiered on September 24, 2011. 

 

The Miracle of the Walking Fish was awarded a 2012 BMI Student Composer Award.