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When Destruction Inspires Creation: Live Performance at the International Music and Performing Arts Conference, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia

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When Destruction Inspires Creation: Live Performance at the International Music and Performing Arts Conference, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Tanjung Malim, Perak, Malaysia

  • Date: Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4.30pm
  • Venue: Recital Room - Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris — Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online

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When Destruction Inspires Creation presents two intercultural compositions born out of the composer’s research into various states of spiritual and material destruction, and the illumination which often precedes them. The first of these compositions, the technically demanding Jehanne for soprano and viola, by Katia Tiutiunnik (text by Lis Faenza), is somewhat unique in that the viola does not “accompany” the soprano. It is very much an equal partner in the duo—indeed its extended introductory solo suggests a highly significant role in the musical narrative. The work is based on three originally composed, Middle Eastern inspired melodies and its Arab inspired heterophony results in a symbiotic interdependence between the soprano and viola parts, the ultimate expressive beauty of one part being inexorably linked to that of the other. The symbolic dimension of Jehanne is replete with references to the illumination experienced by Joan of Arc, on the eve of the destruction of her physical body at the stake. In the second composition, The Siege for viola and piano, by Tiutiunnik and Ross Carey, one encounters technical virtuosity coupled with dramatic narrative. It resembles Jehanne in that the piano part is of equal importance to the viola line; both instruments play extended solos, interwoven with complex, heterophonic and polyphonic duets, throughout the work. The melodic material of The Siege has its genesis in the higaz maqām and the original viola solo, Al-Hisar, upon which it is based, was composed as an outcome of Tiutiunnik’s research into the destructive ramifications of the United Nations Sanctions in Iraq.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (60-5) 450 6702 or by email to clare@fmsp.upsi.edu.my

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