for wind instrument and voice
November 2012-January 2013; 16′
Premiere: Elspeth Piggott (voice) & Giacomo Pozzuto (oboe), University of York recital, 10th January 2013.
2nd performance: Jayson Green (voice) & Patrick Burnett (clarinet), University of York recital, 29th April 2013.
3rd performance: Elspeth Piggott & Giacomo Pozzuto, Music and/as Process Symposium, University of Huddersfield, 30th June 2013.
Theatre work in two parts based on André Breton’s Le Manifeste du surréalisme (1924), devised collaboratively with Elspeth Piggott and Giacomo Pozzuto.
I – SECRETS of the MAGICAL SURREALIST ART
II – POEM
The first text sets forth principles for the creation of Surrealist art, as epitomised in ‘POEM’ (newspaper headlines cut together). A dramatic narrative can be read in the relationship between Oboe and Voice: two parts of a whole, and two wholes apart.
The ‘composition’ was the rehearsal process. The score is a compendium of source texts plus verbal and musical notation. These may be treated as records gathered throughout an initial collaboration process, to provide stimuli and instruction towards a performance.