I, Medusa

for female voice, double bass and electronics

John Palmer

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for female voice, double bass and electronics

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Composer John Palmer

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ca. 13' 40"

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I, Medusa was inspired by the Greek myth of Medusa. The narrative is focused on the tragic dichotomy that characterises the story: on the one hand the dedicated and loving priestess of Athena’s temple before having been raped by Poseidon, on the other hand the same woman who, after the raping, cannot but hate the very goddess who has turned her into a monster. The torment of a woman torn between devotion and unjust punishment remains hard to grasp. Medusa embodies the colliding forces of love and hate within a fierce confrontation that never seems to end, while the interventions of an invisible Chorus punctuate an incessantly emotional narration of the story.

I, Medusa was commissioned by Viktoriia Vitrenko, to whom is dedicated, with funds provided by the City of Stuttgart. The world premiere took place at Kunstraum 34, Stuttgart, on 25th October 2019 and was performed by Viktoriia Vitrenko (voice), Nazar Stets (double bass) and John Palmer (electronics).