Danaë

for string trio

Martin Iddon

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Composer Martin Iddon
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Representations of Danaë (English ‘Parched’) are commonplace in the visual arts. Titan, Boucher, Waterhouse, Rembrandt, Klimt and more recently, James Turrell have all found inspiration in Zues’s visit to the imprisoned Danaë, in the form of a shower of golden light by which she becomes pregnant with the hero Perseus.

My own piece, Danaë, is hardly an attempt to offer any sort of musical representation of the themes which have been so well-trodden in the visual arts, though it is related to them. My aim is to try to ‘shade’ musical light through and between bodies, or to examine a space between the seemingly transcendental ‘golden light’ and the visceral bodies of performers on stage. In order that a listener becomes, then, also a viewer, I impose one serious physical restriction on the performers: they perform throughout with a bow in each hand. The Music, I hope, shows that ‘music’ is always already about more than simply sounds, and that a complex, muscular physical theatre takes place in order to create any sort of musical ‘event’.

Danaë is for string trio and received its UK premiere performance on 3 May 2013 at Roca Gallery, London, performed by the Distractfold Ensemble.