Controlled Burn (choral/piano score)


A collaborative work that crosses the lines between hip-hop and classical genres.


SKU: GP-D023 Category:



Voicing: SATB, orchestra or chamber ensemble
(This pdf is the piano/vocal score)
Written in collaboration with Dessa


Level: 3

duration: 6:45

To see perusal score, please contact Jocelyn.


From our “COLLABORATION” series.


Available in two versions:
D023.1 – SATB choir and mixed chamber ensemble
Buy chamber parts here.
2 flutes, 2 clarinets in Bflat, 1 bassoon
2 horns, 2 trumpets in Bflat, 1 trombone
2 percussionists, harp, piano
1 violin, 1 cello, 1 double bass


D023.2 – SATB choir and orchestra (parts suitable for high school players)
Buy orchestral parts here.
2 flutes, 1 oboe, 1 english horn, 2 clarinets in Bflat, 1 bass clarinet, 1 bassoon
4 horns, 3 trumpets in Bflat, 3 trombones,
1 euphonium, 1 tuba




We’re born with a fuse
timed to ignite
It burns through our youth
then sets us alight
for a while
And when we’re older
we’ll laugh and say that we were only kids
but no one gets closer to the burn of love and loss than this

When the fires pass over
all you’ll recall
is the ash on your shoulders
some lines on your palm
The world’s made in motion
we’re carried along;
the current won’t hold for long

If you could stand your younger selves behind you
then turn and walk the line,
how many strangers might surprise you,
too changed by time to recognize

When the fires pass over
all you’ll recall
is the ash
on your shoulders
some lines on your palm
Memory relents
like rain melts the limestone
the years that you spent
in flame seem so strange now

– Dessa


Composers’ Notes


This piece was a collaboration between hip-hop artist Dessa and composer Jocelyn Hagen. Written for a festival of over 600 high school singers and players, the choir and orchestra parts are suitable for young musicians. The piece can be performed with either a small chamber ensemble (GP-D023.1) or an orchestra (GP-D023.2). The pdf purchased here is a piano/vocal score, to be used for the singers and in rehearsal.




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