OPUS 5

Male Voice and Recorder (2017; 2020)

1 piece, with a total duration of ca. 23 minutes

Dedicated to UMS ‘n JIP (Ulrike Mayer-Spohn & Javier Hagen)

Text recomposed by Ermir Bejo & taken from Filippo Marinetti’s “Distruzione: Poema Futurista”

NOTES — The form of Opus 5 is partially the result of the interplay between two distinct types of melodic materials. The first consists of a dense chromatic conglomerate, while the second, presented in its simplest form at the end of the piece, is derived from the instrumental duets in the third act of Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

The text dates from 1904, preceding Marinetti’s manifesto writings that include some of his more hideous futurist ethos. My intervention and recomposition of the text underlines a gloomy Freudian theater of three protagonists: the voice of the self (ego), the voice of the woman (id), and the voice of the sea (superego). While the virtual voices are only projections of the male protagonist, the resultant dialogue between the three voices shapes the melodic character and defines the major sectional divisions of the work.

Performances

Ums ‘n Jip performing @

CMCLR studio (recording), Denton USA — Oct 13, 2019
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MEIT, Denton USA — Oct 10, 2019

ONO, Bern SWITZERLAND — Sep 9, 2019

Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich SWITZERLAND — Sep 8, 2019

Unternehmen Mitte Safe, Basel SWITZERLAND — Sep 5, 2019

Zeughaus Kultur, Brig-Glis SWITZERLAND — Sep 4, 2019

Alter Werkhof, Brig SWITZERLAND — Dec 5 2018

XXXX. Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva FIMNME 2018, Auditorio Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo MUAC Mexico City MEXICO — Oct 7 2018

Ackermannshof, Basel SWITZERLAND — Nov 22 2017

Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich SWITZERLAND — Nov 21 2017

ONO, Bern SWITZERLAND — Nov 20 2017

Zeughaus Kultur, Brig-Glis SWITZERLAND — WP, 2017 version — Nov 19 2017