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Infernal Women : for vocal octet

by Alice Chance (2016)

Infernal Women


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Infernal Women : for vocal octet / Alice Chance.

Library shelf no. 783.185542/CHA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

Infernal Women explores the mysterious magic associated with females who have been accused of witchery throughout history. Accusation and punishment of witchcraft has been found in hundreds of past cultures and even, deplorably, some present cultures. Whilst acknowledging the atrocious nature of this widespread murder of women, this piece aims to theatrically invoke the madness and nonsense of it all. Female vocal virtuosity mirrors the mystery associated with the accused, as male vocal lines articulate some of the merciless attitudes towards them. I have drawn inspiration particularly from Salem and 17th Century Scotland. Infernal Women is a darkly comical piece which aims to provoke serious thought about the persecution of innocent, clever and intuitive women throughout history.

Work Details

Year: 2016

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB ensemble.

Duration: 7 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Luminescence Chamber Singers.

First performance: by Luminescence Chamber Singers at Descent into Madness (Ainslie Arts Centre) on 20 Sep 2016

Performances of this work

24 Sep 2016: at Descent into Madness (St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Newcastle). Featuring Luminescence Chamber Singers.

23 Sep 2016: at Descent into Madness (St Columba Chapel, Port Macquarie). Featuring Luminescence Chamber Singers.

21 Sep 2016: at Descent into Madness (Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP)). Featuring Luminescence Chamber Singers.

20 Sep 2016: at Descent into Madness (Ainslie Arts Centre). Featuring Luminescence Chamber Singers.

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