for soprano, prepared piano and electronics

John Palmer

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for soprano, prepared piano and electronics

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Composer John Palmer
Year of Composition 2008
Duration ca.9'
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-jp1t6


Based on a text written in 1988 in memory of a friend who passed away, transient was written in 2008 being scored for soprano, prepared piano and two electronic sources, one consisting of live processing, the other including the text – whispered, spoken and sung – transformed in the electronic studio. Another important vocal source is breathing, imagined as a metaphor of life after life. The unfolding of the music is based on a relational system where a word (a phrase or a concept) of the poem is associated to a specific pitch. Thus syntactic relations between pitch and word (meaning) become musical phrases articulated in six sections corresponding to the six verses of the text.