Speechless : for four vocal soloists, Choir and Bass Orchestra
by Cat Hope (2019)
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Speechless is based on "The Forgotten Children: National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention" report 2014, presented by the then president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs. Photographs, drawings, graphs, colour scheme and layout are used as the basis for a graphic, animated score read on networked iPads. The opera aims to be accessabile for musicians of any genre to perform, and there are no words in the sung material.
Instrumentation: 4 vocal soloists, choir, bass orchestra, electronics.
Duration: 50 min.
Difficulty: Medium — graphic score
Contents note: Overture -- Act I -- Act II -- Interlude -- Act III.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Karl Ockelford
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by WA Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, Perth Festival, Australia Council.
Other materials, such as recordings, ABC Classic Podcast about the opera, videos, photographs, reviews, video of premiere, program notes and blog entries around the development of the work can be found here.
The composer has noted the following styles, genres, influences, etc. in reference to this work:
Georgi Ligeti, Zbigniew Karkowski, Diamanda Galas, Hermann Nitsch, Finnish Screaming Mens Chior, Ennio Morricone.
Finalist in the 2020 APRA AMC Art Music Awards (Dramatic Work of the Year).
Awards & Prizes
|2020||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Dramatic||Joint Winner||Cat Hope|
- In the form/style of: Graphic Notation
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