Compassionately Yours (string orchestra with multiple soloists)
by Andrea Keller (2019)
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Compassionately Yours… is a compassionate cry for David Reimer, whose life was unwittingly traumatised by a horrific accident in infancy, leading to a series of unthinkable choices and treatments in the 1960s & '70s, the ongoing effects of which left him unable to recover and incapable of living life to his full potential.
The 7-minute piece unfolds over 3 sections.
The opening section is a slowly sinking descent through bi-tonal structures. The harmonic structure of which follows a strict pattern that is repeated, albeit transposed, 4-times. The energy grows cautiously via subtle and accelerating pulsations in the strings, while the contrabass recorder, affected and manipulated by the Revox tape machine, creates a sense of unease and persistent anxiety.
The middle section is marked by a brief improvised moment executed by the piano and Revox, simulating a cry of overwhelming emotion.
The final section of the piece works through the harmonic pattern of bi-tonal structures presented in the opening section, but now in reverse and at double the tempo.
Instrumentation: Solo violin, string orchestra, recorder, piano, Revox B77 tape machine.
Duration: 7 min.
Dedication note: For David Peter Reimer & the Reimer family
First performance: at New Ancient Songs (UKARIA Cultural Centre) on 10 Mar 2019
Performances of this work
11 Mar 2019: at A Brief History of Time (UKARIA Cultural Centre).
10 Mar 2019: at New Ancient Songs (UKARIA Cultural Centre).
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