Kids Commute - Young Voices Week! Tuesday

Oct 10, 2017

Kids Commute Episode 26 - Young Voices Week - Uberlebensgross, sung by the Boston Children's Chorus

Welcome to Day Two of Young Voices Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

Today, American composer Stephen Hatfield celebrates the power of women's voices with, "Uberlebensgross," which means, "larger than life."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, Ep. 26
Stephen Hatfield
Boston Children's Chorus

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Today, we have a fascinating piece of music - a tribute to the power of women’s voices by composer Stephen Hatfield.  This is a very modern piece, sung with sounds instead of words. It’s full of really interesting percussion - the singers bang bamboo poles on the floor and knock sticks together.  The musical style pulls together ideas from different places and times - everything from Spanish flamenco (where dancers use their feet as drums), to 1930’s era jazzy dance tunes.

Our song today is called, “Uberlebensgross”, which in German, means, “Larger than Life,” - which means something is so big or exciting it’s almost overwhelming. The percussion here is so strong it might want to make you stomp your feet with the music.

The question is... Are you ready to stomp your feet?

Listen to the Kids’ Commute live on Classical IPR every weekday morning at 7:40ish or listen to the archived episode at the top of the post.

Watch the Portland State University women’s chorus perform this piece:

Watch the Central Bucks High School West Men's Choir performing “Uberlebensgross”