Splinter (2000-2001)

(after texts by Bergson, Cage and Poe)

for soprano 

Duration: var., ca. 4’30

Premiere: Tony Arnold, Evanston, February 2003

Splinter presents three texts by Henri Bergson, John Cage and Edgar Allen Poe   (in both English and French), all meditations on some aspect of memory.  The musical score presents two layers of material, which occur simultaneously. The performer is asked to switch between these two layers (in a kind of splintering), generating an indeterminate form (one that will vary for each performance), as she attempts to recall the texts. The texts may appear across a range of sounds: from articulated words and pitches to more fragmented "memories" – in the form of phonemes and basic timbral patterns.

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