words and song without words
Cello solo, sound and video.
This work is a response to a quote from Felix Mendelssohn from a letter to to Marc-André Souchay dated 15th of October 1842. In it he explained his position regarding his Songs Without Words cycle, highlighting the opposite view he takes from the norm, regarding the relative meaningfulness of words in relation to music. He says:
This text is encoded into music and set against the words themselves which are projected one by one on screen. The effect being that the semantic meaning of the text would come under strain when forced into a direct relationship with music.
This piece explores not only the individual semantic problems of words and music individually but what happens in their combination when the music is forced into a linguistic function.
The music can be ordered from Donemus Publishing House, Amsterdam.
- 29 October 2012 - Larissa Groeneveld, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.
- The Work was subsequently awarded the International Rostrum of Composers Prize from the IRC in 2014.
- Recorded by Francesco Dillon for the Unsounds release: Subvoice