Cities of the mind : Cantata for soloists, choir, string quartet, double bass, percussion and keyboards
by Martin Friedel (2002)
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Cities of the Mind is the third of my four 'science' cantatas. The text used are drawn and adapted from a wide variety of historical, mythical and scientific narratives, and have been distilled to a series of 'telling' fragments, about the conscious and unconscious mind and ancient obsession with a 'thinking machine' through the writings of Jung, Descartes, Turing, Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, Mary Shelly and Norbert Wiener and others..
The introduction to Cities of the Mind explores these themes and personalities in detail.
The structure of Cities of the Mind consists of three interwined cycles : Short operatic fragments for solo voices, based on historical and characters; choral pieces; and short instrumental interludes, musical reflections and meditations on mind, machine and consciousness.
Instrumentation: Soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass soloists, SATB choir, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, piano, harpsichord (optional), organ (optional).
Duration: 47 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Astra Chamber Music Society with funds provided by Ian Potter Cultural Trust.. The composition and first performance were supported by the Ian Potter Music Commissions.
Revised and extended in 2010
Winner of Inaugural Ian Potter Music Commissions
- In the form/style of: Cantatas
Performances of this work
19 May 02: Gasworks Theatre, Melbourne. Featuring Astra Chamber Music Society.
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