A through-grown earth (solo soprano with pre-recorded sound)
by Lisa Illean (2018)
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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.
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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