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aida : for vocal ensemble

by Lachlan Skipworth (2009)

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Performance by Song Company, Roland Peelman from the CD MODART09



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MODART09 / The Song Company.

Library shelf no. CD 2160 [Available for loan]



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aida : for vocal ensemble / Lachlan Skipworth.

Library shelf no. 783.165542/SKI 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

jibun ga jibun ni naranai de dare ga jibun ni naru (?)
AIDA Mitsuo

This phrase asks us to consider who we are, and who we will become if we try to be someone we are not. My response is an attempt to capture musically the powerful yet unassuming simplicity of both the words themselves and their appearance on the page. The "identity" of the text is revealed as it is gradually built up from its component sounds, with close attention paid to Ma, a Japanese concept of relative space. The title aida is the kanji character used to represent Ma, !, but the alternate pronunciation "aida" (eye-dah) is taken as it is homophonic with the calligrapher's name.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Vocal ensemble: Soprano I & II, alto, tenor, baritone and bass.

Duration: 7 min.

Written for: Song Company

Commission note: 'aida' was composed for the Song Company as part of the MODART composer development programme.

First performance: by Song Company, Roland Peelman — 18 Jul 09. The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Text by AIDA Mitsuo.


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Performances of this work

18 Jul 09: The Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Song Company, Roland Peelman.

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