Canto Morph

Canto Morph
an Opera of the Self

Text: Excerpts from Ada Negri’s Tempeste (1896)

for soprano, soprano recorder, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano and electronics

This piece was composed from selected fragments in Italian from Ada Negri’s Tempeste poetry collection.

The multi-modal method at the heart of the Canto Morph (2012) is illustrated by the installations which also erupt out of the work and serve to make it richer. The video installation, Lady Justitia weighs her beauty, her words, her power over the forsaken with the weightlessness of snow (2012) depicts a young woman, cold, barefoot in the snow, trying to balance snow on her weights, her everlasting symbol of justice. I made this video to explore themes of justice, powerlessness and forsakenness, symbolised in the solitary voice of a woman. This 10 minute video loop became a starting point for exploration in the Canto Morph.

 

I. A Te, Mamma 12’30
terra
solo voice, recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, retuned piano and mirror plate with port glasses, live electronics

II. I Sacrifici 5’20”
gently, reflectively
solo voice, recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, piano

III. Viola Del Pensiero 3’40
still gently, a little overwhelmed
solo voice, cello, viola d’amore

IV. Canto Notturno 3’30
still gently, a little night song
solo voice, violin, ‘cello

V. Ora Di Calma 3’40
calmly, (perhaps a little alchemy)
solo voice, recorder, flute, clarinet

VI. Nate Da Pianti 3’30
and he continued to dream
solo voice, recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, prepared piano

VII. Eterno Idillio 5’
e benedice
solo voice, recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, ‘cello, prepared piano

The Lost Reverie 3’40
still gently, a little overwhelmed
solo voice, viola d’amore

 

V.
HOUR OF CALM

Hour of calm

The dream
Fragile bodies,
Solitary lamps,

The light

Lilies dying
and
the storm.

of

unusual

languor.

-I won and you are mine,

– Sob unknown: Love,
love!…

Like a toy

Silent, blessed, slow.

broken.

Silenzïosi, benedetti, lenti.

infranto.

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