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She Was Warned

female voice and piano  •  duration 4:00  •  2017

Special thanks to The MacDowell Colony, where I finished the piece.


5-page PDF, ready for your choice of two-sided or single-sided printing

(I'm happy to provide transposed editions as singers contact me to request them. Here are the contralto edition, a minor 3rd lower; and the high soprano edition, a major 2nd higher)

She Was Warned is for voice and piano (not digital piano/keyboard).

what you can do with the score

This piece is released under traditional copyright with two exceptions:

1) The score is distributed at a cost of $0 (if you wish to pay something, please donate to an anti-racist or feminist group of your choice);

2) You can freely make and share copies of the score (in PDF or printed form), as long as the copies aren't altered in any way.

Most importantly:
Let me know about any planned performances  (here's my contact info),
so I can thank you, help share your concert info, and see how far we can amplify this!

midi audio for reference

By popular request!  If you want audio for reference, here it is.

Midi output is a very rough representation, useful for pitch reference and not much else — but I trust your imagination to fill in the rest. :)


by Coretta Scott King and Mitch McConnell

She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, on silencing Senator Elizabeth Warren for reading Coretta Scott King's description of racist power abuse by Jeff Sessions,

which begins,

"I write to express my sincere opposition"


She Was Warned is available now for performance at any time.

Many performances are pending – I'll make a list on this page as I hear about more dates. Thank you for all the interest! <3


She Was Warned will eventually be part of a song cycle called Persistence of Memory — amplifying other letters and histories of Black women.

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Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King