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A through-grown earth (solo soprano with pre-recorded sound)

by Lisa Illean (2018)

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Work Overview

Observed patterns of tapestry in the natural world - such as foliations in wood or stone, or the 'lashtender combs' of ash trees - occur frequently in the highly personal poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. A through-grown earth draws on three of Hopkins' texts, creating intimate settings for voice, pre-recorded sound and (optional) moving image. Composed in non-tempered tunings, the work demands a discreet virtuosity as it explores the subtle edges of the voice, its tuning and sonority.

The core of the pre-recorded sound material is composed of retuned zithers - a painstaking process that allowed me to be very precise with tuning and shift between microtonal modes in a way that is impossible in live performance on acoustic instruments. This is interwoven with lines for harp, voice, strings and electronic material.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Soprano and pre-recorded sound.

Duration: 20 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Precise non-tempered tuning systems and complex rhythms

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Juliet Fraser — 29 Sep 18. LSO St Luke's, London UK

Performances of this work

29 Sep 18: LSO St Luke's, London UK. Featuring Juliet Fraser.

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