Mendax redcats : baritone voice with chamber ensemble
by Erik Griswold (2013)
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Mendax redacts : baritone voice, clarinet in Bb, viola, electric guitar / music by Erik Griswold ; text by Craig Foltz.
Library shelf no. 783.885/GRI 1 [Available for loan]
Mendax Redacts is a creative exploration of the world of Julian Assange and Wikileaks (Mendax was Assange's hacker name in his early days in Australia). The original text was created by my longtime collaborator Craig Foltz. Using Jackson MacLow's poem "Insect Assassin" as a model, Foltz fashioned an acrostic on the names "Assange" and "Wikileaks" which evokes some of the central issues of his work, while at the same time producing surprising and unexpected word juxtapositions and rhythmic patterns. The piece alternates between carefully scored sections in which music and text fuse together into a single line, and improvisatory sections in which the performers are asked to respond to redacted documents as graphic scores.
Instrumentation: Baritone voice, clarinet in B flat, viola, electric guitar.The vocal part should be spoken, not sung (except in the improvisatory sections).
Duration: 10 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Montreal-New York Quartet
Commission note: Commissioned for Montreal-New York Quartet.. Commissioned by Mutable Music for the New York-Montreal Quartet.
First performance: at Scale Variable: the Montreal-New York Quartet (WAAPA Music Auditorium) on 5 Apr 2014
Performances of this work
5 Apr 2014: at Scale Variable: the Montreal-New York Quartet (WAAPA Music Auditorium).
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