Melancholy (2002)6:03Vera Ivanova
The title reflects the mood of the piece; it is a lyric composition based on the pre-recorded voice of Judith Caplan (UK, soprano).
The voice samples were transformed in different ways. Certain partials of words were extracted to create new spoken letters and vowels, as well as rich textures (or “fields’) of voices.
The two sung notes, E and D-sharp, are repeated throughout the piece. These are the “central interval” of Melancholy (the Major seventh), unstable by itself, but not dissonant. The interchange of these two notes creates a balancing effect, associated with a children’s “seesaw”.
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