• Writer Thomas Spann Farmer III
  • Songwriter ID: 230380
  • Pub Co: CD Baby Publishing
  • Admin: CD Baby Publishing


Thomas Spann Farmer III


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Master and Publishing

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CD Baby Publishing

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United States - NY - New York City


  • Language: Instrumental
3spann "Symphony No. 9 - I"
Symphony No. 9 - I
  • Performed By: 3spann
  • Album: Three Nine and Ten
  • Album UPC: 887516982699
  • Album ID: 3spann5
  • Label: 3spann
  • CD Baby Account: CDB03432334
  • CD Baby Track ID: 10801930
  • ISRC: USM7H1300166
  • Released: 04/25/13

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Three symphonies composed by Thomas Farmer: one based on an iconic speech, one based on Chinese folksongs,
and one invoking beautiful women.


Three Symphonies by Thomas Farmer

(Cover art by Christy F. Waring)

Symphony No. 3 - (subtitled "Variations on a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr") was originally composed in 1975 as a single musical line derived from MLK Jr's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. The first realization for orchestra, speaker and voices was completed in 1990, but subsequently lost. The current version (presented here) was completed in 2006, and is constructed so that a recording of Dr. King's speech can be played simultaneously.

Symphony No. 9 - composed in 1989 for an ensemble of six marimbas.
Movement I - variations on the Chinese folksong "Feng Yang Flower Drum"
Movement II - variations on the Cantonese lullaby "Watchman"
Movement III - a setting of the Chinese court song "Jade Tree's Blossom"
Movement IV - a final set of variations on "Flower Drum"

Symphony No. 10 - (subtitled "JKL") was composed 1989-91 and was inspired by a paraphrase of Richard Brautigan -
"to some men the most beautiful sight in the world is a sleeping [Asian] woman..."
Movement I - originally was composed as an organ solo titled "Quietly, so as not to wake her..."
Movement II - based on the Appalachian folksong "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
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