Sheet Music: Score
Victory Over the Sun : Opera in six scenes / music by Huw Belling ; libretto by Pierce Wilcox.
In 1913, the Russian Futurists unleashed this dizzying piece of canonical apocrypha: a psychedelic proto-science fiction saga of time-travelling revolutionaries and singing weaponry, set against a backdrop that included an early draft of the avant-garde painter Malevich's iconic Black Square. The text: untranslatable. The music: lost to history. Alongside Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, it is one of the few artistic works whose premiere provoked a riot.
The 20th Biennale of Sydney brought together Sydney Chamber Opera's Huw Belling and visionary Sydney artist Justene Williams to make a new Victory for the 21st century. This is a work of passionate strangeness for the digital age that shows us worlds the Futurists could never have imagined.
Drones soar, history collapses, and a pair of strongwomen battle over humanity's fate in a glorious dream of tomorrow.
Welcome to the new future.
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (169p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 45 mins
Includes performance notes.
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