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Ficta : for six voices a cappella (SSATBrB)

by Elliott Gyger (1994)

Work Overview

This work was conceived and planned in the course of my residency with the Song Company in the second half of 1993, and written especially for the group's 10th anniversary concert. Ficta is a Latin word meaning "false" or "feigned", as in the medieval music theory term musica ficta, which refers to the sharpening or flattening in performance of the written notes in a piece, according to various rules (and the dictates of individual taste). In the context of this work the "falseness" referred to encompasses considerations of musical style and technique, as well as, appropriately, the art (or artifice) of singing itself.

Work Details

Year: 1994

Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, alto, tenor, baritone, bass.

Duration: 16 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: The Song Company

Commission note: Written for the tenth anniversary of The Song Company

First performance: by The Song Company, Elliott Gyger — 21 Aug 94. St James Church, Sydney

Text by Prosdocimo de'Beldomandi, Richard Wagner, and Ern Malley.


Program note: Elliott Gyger's "Ficta"
program note by the composer

Performances of this work

21 Aug 94: St James Church, Sydney. Featuring The Song Company, Elliott Gyger.

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