In God's Esperanto : for seven vocalists
by Damien Ricketson (2008)
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Performance by Song Company, Roland Peelman from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists, vol. 34.
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In God's Esperanto : for seven vocalists / Damien Ricketson ; based on poems by Christopher Wallace-Crabbe.
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In the 1800s, the Frenchman Jean François Sudre proposed a universal language, Solresol, based entirely on the seven syllables of the diatonic scale: do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-si (ti). In doing so, he created an artificial language that existed not only in written and spoken form, but in pure melodic form communicable without the human voice. Using different combinations of up to four syllables (motifs of up to four notes) he generated a dictionary of over 2600 words organised via a logical grammar. In creating Solresol, Sudre hoped for a global language, a musical precursor to Esperanto, where the peoples of the world would communicate through the language of melody.
In God's Esperanto, is an ironic look at the quest for the ultimate universal language: an attribute frequently ascribed to the language of music. A new poem, 'Spranto Lost', written especially by Christopher Wallace-Crabbe is used as a narrative thread against a chorus of spoken and melodic statements in Solresol. The texts are quotes from the Bible, Wallace-Crabbe, Umberto Eco, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Igor Stravinsky and the World Congress of Esperanto that refer to the quest for universal language: naturally the information contained in the statements is completely arcane.
Instrumentation: 7 vocalists.May be performed as an installation with mobile audience.
Duration: 20 min.
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