Silk, Opus 47 : for 2 sopranos, vibraphone, bass clarinet, doublebass
by Andrew Schultz (1993)
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Silk is a short work for two
sopranos, vibraphone, bass clarinet and double bass composed for
the Song Company in 1993. They gave the work its first
performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney as part
of an Easter concert. The work is a setting of a short, anonymous
Chinese poem that is both refined and erotic in its
Although a short work, the harmonic and melodic impulse of the work has been strongly influential in other of my instrumental works including Silk Canons and Silken Weave. The harmonic material of the work derives from an earlier a capella piece for the Song Company, Ekstasis. Like Ekstasis, Silk interweaves the two soprano voices in free and exultant counterpoint.
When you sat in your dark chair
Ripe with fat fruits of yellow.
Ripe fruits of yellow and red
Alive with blue lithe animals.
Pressing your scented, rose
Peach coloured feet against my face.
As you desired:
I was humiliated.
Anonymous Chinese erotica, c 14th Century
Instrumentation: 2 soprano voices, vibraphone, bass clarinet, double bass.
Duration: 4 min.
Commission note: Commissioned for The Song Company.
First performance: by The Song Company — 9 Apr 93. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
This is the 2nd Station of Via crucis Australis : an Australian journey of the Cross (The 14 stations of the Cross), to be performed in conjunction with visual art exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Easter 1993.
- In the form/style of: Easter Music
Performances of this work
9 Apr 93: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Featuring The Song Company.
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