early draft of a generated winter landscape that will later become more abstract artificial nature
Come back in june 2020. The piece is a continuity of les quatre temps cardinaux created in june in buffalo in 2015. It is a complex song cycle for two solo voices, a 35-piece orchestra and twelve channels of electronics. Commissioned in 2011 for the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress, Les Quatre is dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky.
Vocal sound plays a huge role in the piece, which is centered on the eponymous poem by René Daumal, that, “alludes to times of the day, the four elements, the four seasons and the four corresponding ages of life, emphasizing the trans-personal.” It was drawn to Daumal in part due to the poet’s astute orchestration of vocal sound itself. “His early career emphasized the conversion of poetry into a form of theater in which speech, gestures, breath, voice stops, and other elements of performance form a totality.”
Daumal with settings of Dana Gioia’s “Insomnia” and Robert Creeley’s “Buffalo Evening are supplemented, both of which feature electronic samples of the poets reading their works. “Bob Creeley was a very musical reader,”. There’s a lot of things he does when he reads that are innately musical. Dana was trained as a musician also. When you hear them read, and listen to the sounds of the vowels, they’re very musical rhythms.