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Mendax redcats : baritone voice with chamber ensemble

by Erik Griswold (2013)

Work Overview

Mendax Redacts is a creative exploration of the world of Julian Assange and Wikileaks (Mendax was Assange's hacker name in his early days in Australia). The original text was created by my longtime collaborator Craig Foltz. Using Jackson MacLow's poem "Insect Assassin" as a model, Foltz fashioned an acrostic on the names "Assange" and "Wikileaks" which evokes some of the central issues of his work, while at the same time producing surprising and unexpected word juxtapositions and rhythmic patterns. The piece alternates between carefully scored sections in which music and text fuse together into a single line, and improvisatory sections in which the performers are asked to respond to redacted documents as graphic scores.

Work Details

Year: 2013

Instrumentation: Baritone voice, clarinet in B flat, viola, electric guitar.The vocal part should be spoken, not sung (except in the improvisatory sections).

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to Montreal-New York Quartet

Commission note: Commissioned for Montreal-New York Quartet.. Commissioned by Mutable Music for the New York-Montreal Quartet.

First performance: at Scale Variable: the Montreal-New York Quartet (Richard Gill Auditorium, WAAPA) on 5 Apr 2014

Performances of this work

5 Apr 2014: at Scale Variable: the Montreal-New York Quartet (Richard Gill Auditorium, WAAPA).

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