Controlled Burn (orchestral score and parts)


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


SKU: GP-D023.2 Category:



Voicing: SATB and orchestra

Level: 3

Duration: 6:45

To see perusal score, please contact Jocelyn.


Written as a collaboration between Dessa and Jocelyn Hagen.
This pdf is the full score and parts for orchestra.




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 the full score and parts for SATB and orchestra. Please purchase the vocal scores here.

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