MUSIC TO HEAR
7 voices and instrumental ensemble
3 sopranos, 2 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet,
alto saxophone, cello, double bass
TEXT • Based on sonnets by William Shakespeare, freely adapted by Régis Campo
DURATION • 13 minutes
EDITOR • Henry Lemoine
COMMISSION • Ensemble Musicatreize
PREMIERE • January 13, 2000, Aix-en-Provence, by the Musicatreize ensemble, conducted by Roland Hayrabedian.
It is with great joy that I worked with the Musicatreize ensemble and its conductor Roland Hayrabedian in their creative cycle for "Musique, an 13'. This work is composed of several sonnets by William Shakespeare that I have adapted while preserving the original language:
1 - Music to hear I: an introduction in a game close to "hiccups"
2 - Slight Air: breaths, whispers, hand rubs and small melodies
3 - Alack: first tribute to the Beatles
4 - When to the sessions of sweet silent: a very soft and sad song
5 - Which, which, which: second tribute to the Beatles
6 - O! from what: where the singers finally ask the tenors to shut up with a big "shush!"
7 - Music to hear II: a "goodbye" from the singers to the audience.
Régis Campo (Novembre 1999, Villa Médicis).