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I never understood wind

for Noh singer & string trio

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Specifications
Region
Europe
Estimated Duration
11 - 15min
Date
2020

ISMN : 979-0-2325-6191-2

Notes on this piece
This piece was born in a moment when the Black Lives Matter movement, the climate crisis and the pandemic were collapsing on my soul altogether: I needed to put into sounds this asphyxiating feeling.

I had the opportunity to write for a Japanese Noh singer accompanied by a string trio. I wanted to respect both culture, east and west, without trying to copy or mock neither. I decided to do something debatable: put into the singer’s mouth the absurd, offensive words of Donald Trump, a delirious speech he gave in December 2019 rampaging about windmills (meaning by that actually “wind turbines”, a nice Freudian slip for this modern Don Quixote).

When he pronounced these words, the audience was in raptures, because he shouted them trying to provoke an emotional, not a logical, reaction. If, on the other hand, it is a Noh singer who presents them, declining them in her own way of doing and being (not a native English speaker, using the objects and dresses of her art, singing not according to the rules of western belcanto), there is no escape: we are forced to consider their meaning, to reflect on the implications of these sentences. Stripped of the cheap rhetoric, they give a glimpse of the desperation and asphyxia they were meant to cover.
Instrumentation
Violin|Viola|Cello|Female voice (unspecified)
Recording
Aoki Ryoko – voice
Mariano Chiacchiarini – conductor
Musikfabrik Ensemble- Hannah Weirich – violin; Axel Porath – viola; Dirk Wietheger – cello

Réfectoire des moines; Royaumont Abbey (France)
06/09/20
Score Details
Format - A4 / US Letter
Pages - 44
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