«La Trilogie» alcides lanza

  • Year of composition: 1989
  • Premiere: February 23, 1989, Actualité

1. ekphonesis V [1979-I]

ekphonesis V [1979-I] continuing the composer’s interest with ‘memories’, this piece explores the ‘library’ of memories, reflections, thoughts, ideas, remembrances, supposedly encountered if (the soloist) could enter the brain of (the composer). During this ‘tour of the brain’ the ‘tourist’ is confronted with the recollections of that brain plus his/her own memories. This exercise in ‘mnemonics’ will also play with the accompanying prerecorded tape as another level of memory, perhaps to an extent with the audience’s capacity of concentration, retention and ability to recall information. Theoretically memories should always be available however they may exist in different states of ‘erosion’. Presumably, the brain stores information at the level of chemical-neurological reactions which can be measured as changes in electrical voltages.

  • Year of composition: 1979
  • Format: Mixed work
  • Instrumentation: for voice and tape
  • Duration of the submitted work: 15:31
  • Publisher: Éditions Shelan Publications (Montréal, Québec)
  • Production: Shelan Studio (Montréal, Québec). Enregistrement en direct, 23-ii-1989, Université Concordia.
  • Premiere: April 1979, University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA, USA)

2. penetrations VII [1972-III]

penetrations VII [1972-III] is the chamber version of penetrations VI [1972-II], a commission of the 1972 Donaueschinger Musiktage. In this version, the composer uses an actress-singer and four channels of electronic sounds. The voice is modulated in real time by means of a synthesizer and other electronic techniques. The text has been written by the composer himself. The piece calls for a soloist to play a dual role: an adult that at the same time is a child, or reverts to childhood. Memories of all humanity are remembered in an instant. The composition is concerned with communication, with experiences that through centuries human beings have failed to assimilate. Earthmen keep on repeating mistakes in massive ways, having horrible consequences for millions of people and also affecting the generations to come. There is, however, hope in children: their innocent lack of knowledge may give the human race a fresh starting point… some day.

  • Year of composition: 1972
  • Format: Mixed work
  • Instrumentation: for voice and tape
  • Duration of the submitted work: 15:42
  • Publisher: Éditions Shelan Publications (Montréal, Québec)
  • Production: McGill Electronic Music Studio (Montréal, Québec); Private studio. Enregistrement en direct, 23-ii-1989, Université Concordia.
  • Premiere: October 1972, Donaueschingen Festival (RFA)

3. ekphonesis VI [1988-I]

ekphonesis VI [1988-II] was written in close collaboration with Meg Sheppard to complete an autobiographical song-cycle by alcides lanza. It further explores ideas presented in ekphonesis V [1979-I] and penetrations VII [1972-III] particularly the importance of memory and the need for better communication among mankind. It also emphasizes the importance children play in promoting openness and generosity of spirit among us all. ekphonesis VI [1988-II] utilizes texts written by Canadian poet Norbert Ruebsat and by Robert Frost and W.B. Yeats. ‘Fire and Ice’ by Robert Frost: Copyright 1923 by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Inc. and renewed 1951 by Robert Frost. From the poetry of Robert Frost edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Text used by permission of Henry Holt and Co.

  • Year of composition: 1988
  • Format: Mixed work
  • Instrumentation: for voice and tape
  • Duration of the submitted work: 25:23
  • Publisher: Éditions Shelan Publications (Montréal, Québec)
  • Production: Shelan Studio (Montréal, Québec). Enregistrement en direct, 23-ii-1989, Université Concordia.
  • Premiere: April 19, 1988, Pollack Hall (Montréal, Québec)

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