The Way It Goes

Martin Bresnick

Full Score - Study
Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Item Number: CY4003F
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: Custom Print, 4-5 days


Quick Overview

“The Way It Goes” is a musical trope, retelling the story in Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Exception and the Rule.” An innocent unarmed man is shot and killed by a man with a gun. At the trial, the armed man testifies that even though the other had no weapon he felt threatened and afraid. As usual, the armed man is found not guilty by reason of self-defense.

At the conclusion of the play, the actors address the audience directly, saying (in my paraphrase):

Find unusual what is not unusual,
Regard it as exceptional, even when it is the rule.
When people say: “that’s the way it goes”,
Recognize injustice.
And where you find injustice
Find a remedy!


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