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Forever Singing Winter into Spring
is the culmination of Ade Vincent's series of
compositions as the inaugural Young Composer in Residence for the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. He again paired with celebrated
Australian singer/songwriter Lior following their 2016
collaboration commissioned by the Melbourne Recital Centre
titled Hours I have Never
Ambitious in scope and execution the new work confidently combines the emotional grandeur of live orchestra with the incisive innovation and driving rhythm of modern electronic music. The accomplished voice of Lior moves deftly from fragile sincerity to soaring falsetto - sometimes exposed and honest, sometimes digitally stretched, pulled, sped up and cut as he lyrically explores four stories of a single life reflected through the changing seasons.
The piece takes inspiration from the axiomatic truth that all life is cyclical with the seasons symbolic of its cardinal points; birth, growth, change and death. Through time we experience this ever-repeating cycle over shifting scales - a day, a year, a lifetime. The score moves from the burgeoning hope of spring and new life with lush ambient orchestral electronica through to the infectious electro pop of summer; from autumnal trip-hop to the hymnal introspection of winter. The synaesthesia of the seasons draws on the abstract paintings of contemporary Mexican artist Teresa Clark and the elegant haiku of Kobayashi Issa.
All text and music co-written by Ade Vincent and Lior.
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, (2nd doublling piccolo), oboe/English horn, 2 clarinets in B flat (2nd doubling bass clarinet in B flat), bassoon/contrabassoon, 2 horns in F, trumpet in C, trombone, bass trombone, timpani, percussion (2 players), harp, 2 keyboards, samples/Kaoss Pad/bass guitar, drumkit (Electronic /Acoustic), solo tenor voice (with TC Helicon Voicelive effects module), strings (184.108.40.206.2).
Duration: 22 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — High level of complexity in sampling and electronics
Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.. Commissioned as part of the Cybec Young Composer in Residence program
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associate with this work:
Electro-orchestral with solo voice
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