Agauë (2004)26:18Emily Hall, Niklas KambeitzeContact! 10.4 — Live Electronics, Improvisation and Interactivity in Electroacoustics
Agauë is a musical drama for soprano, percussion, and hexaphonic audio (with live spatialisation during the concert, across six speakers). Text is freely composed of fragments from “The Bacchae” by Euripides (404 B.C.E.). The drama centers on the Queen Agauë, who has returned from a frenzied and bloody hunting spree. She boasts over the great beast she has slaughtered with her bare hands. Her father (represented by a multitrack recorded singing ‘chorus’ in the audio part), gradually brings her back to her senses, helping her understand that it was her son that she killed while under the spell of the god Dionysus. With this realization, Agauë is consumed with despair.
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