Ezra Jack plot : concert music for chamber ensemble and video stills from 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats
by Thomas Meadowcroft (2007)
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The video stills that accompany Ezra Jack Plot are taken
from the book, The Snowy Day by American children's book
author and illustrator, Ezra Jack Keats. The stills for the
composition appear in the same narrative order as they appear in
Keats' original work. Nonetheless, the lengths of the stills are
no longer at the speed at which a child may read and view the
book but move and stall according to the accompanying musical
structure. The musical structure in turn is a way of making
audible the block-like forms -- in particular the juxtaposition
of materials such as linoleum, cloth and paint -- that figure in
Keats' illustrations. With this in mind then what matters,
particularly for adults, is not that the narrative of the story
remains intact but that blocks of childhood memory return.
Artwork from The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, copyright 1963, appears with the kind permission of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.
Instrumentation: Alto flute, bass clarinet, percussion (one player), keyboard and sampler, 2 violins, viola, video projections.
Duration: 12 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by Haupstadtkulturfonds
First performance: by KNM Berlin (Musical group) — 4 Oct 07. Konzerthaus Berlin
- Inspired by: Literature & Poetry
Performances of this work
4 Oct 07: Konzerthaus Berlin. Featuring KNM Berlin (Musical group).
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