|Instrumentation:||Soprano & Ensemble
Being unable to do something can be frustrating but it can also be funny, or lead to interesting and maybe even beautiful situations. What kind of interesting things happen when something fails or even appears to be impossible at all? In Unable a few possibilities are examined and objectified. In the opening part the singer cannot utter any vowels nor produce any pitches. What remains are consonants and various percussive sounds. This situation is reversed in the part that follows it: the singer can produce pitches, but only with closed mouth, which also presents difficulties concerning dynamic balance with the ensembe. Precisely at the golden section of the piece's duration the singer walks away and the ensemble starts playing loudly pulsating polyrhythms. This section creates a kind of paradoxical situation. The golden section has always been seen as the 'perfect' and most natural proportion, but this obstinate, rigid and exhausting material makes everything seem to be out of proportion. The musicians seem to be unable to stop their hammering.show performances
|Conductor||Ruud van Eeten|
Awarded with the Tera de Marez Oyens Prize on 17 September 2011.
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