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San Francisco Conservatory of Music Joseph Recital
San Francisco, CA
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Musical Textual

First up!
Anne: a new work created by Wolfgang Thompson.

The ballet Anne, conceived through the desire to bring to light the beautiful and haunting poems of Anne Sexton, probes the complexity and irony of Anne Sexton's life, as well s her predilection for self-destruction and negation of body.

Anne generates the same emotion on stage as Anne Sexton's poetry creates for in its readers -forthright and raw.

The relationship of text and body movement in Anne creates its own musical composition. Anne Sexton's poetry is the score to this musical/textual narrative through her tormented life.

Murmur: by Matthew Cmiel, a piece for four performers singing and playing percussion, set to text from Muriel Rukeyser's Body of Waking.

The text of this song is taken from an untitled poem in Body of Waking. It pictures all life - be it human, animal, or plant - as being unified. Rukeyser portrays this oneness through a constant and barely audible murmuring at the very edges of our collective awareness. All beings hear this murmuring, which is the voice of the earth speaking to all of us. The earth's voice is often a quiet murmuring, occasionally expanding into "bird calls" of lightning or "red central roots" rumbling much more aggressively outwards from the earth's core.

The way I interpret the text, the ideas of unity, communication, and ceremony combine to create a universal, human ritual. I think that the rituals of our daily lives and yearly holiday gatherings bring people together. In Murmur, I use the staging to create a ceremony celebrating the common bond of life.

A Mirror on Which to Dwell: by Eliot Carter.

This famously challenging piece for soprano and chamber orchestra, is set to the text of Elizabeth Bishop. Our version will be fully staged with actors interpreting the text as the performance goes on. From the program note

"When I agreed to write a cycle of songs for Speculum Musicae I decided, first, that it should be for soprano and chamber orchestra. The poems of Elizabeth Bishop impressed me because they have a clear verbal coherence as well as an imaginative use of syllabic sounds that suggest the singing voice. I was very much in sympathy with their point of view, for there is almost always a secondary layer of meaning, sometimes ironic, sometimes passionate, that gives a special ambiance, often contradictory, to what the words say."

Come enjoy our awesome event!

Matthew Cmiel www.matthewcmiel.com
Wolfgang Thompson www.pangstheater.com

Sponsored by the Hot Air Music Festival


San Francisco Conservatory of Music Joseph Recital
50 Oak St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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