Scintillans, for soprano and instrumental ensemble
Scintillans is part of a suite of three songs for soprano and instrumental ensemble under the umbrella title Robin’s Poems. Scintillans was the first to be composed, after a request by the British scholar and poet Robin Kirkpatrick, who was researching relationships between text and music. It is constructed as a canon, a technique that suggests the concept of memory, while accompanying the soprano’s straightforward declamation of the words. The canon generates a sequence of pitches played by the instruments through their individual and independent pattern. Dissonances and consonances pass by in apparent randomness, until the moment when, like the fireflies of the poem, the patterns will come together, in a flash of fleeting synchronicity.
Duration: Approximately 7 mins.
The text is laid out by the poet in a visual pattern, as follows below. We request that it is printed for the audience or projected in the same design during the performance. The poem is included in the score.
DARK IN MEMORY
IDENTICAL TO BLACK BLINDED OR DEAD
SUPPOSE THERE WERE NO EVENING, GROWING DARK
THERE’D BE NO SCINTILLATION HERE AT ALL
‘DO YOU REMEMBER THERE WERE FIREFLIES ONCE?”’
AS THESE WERE THEN, SO NOW IS MEMORY
WHERE THOUGHT IS STEEL, REMEMBERING STRIKES LIKE FLINT
‘AND DIDN’T WE, AS CHILDREN, PLAY IN THOSE CONSTELLATIONS,
THEIR SYMMETRIES AGAINST THE DUSK UNGRASPABLE,
SYNCHRONIC. AND TIME AND NOT GEOMETRY SANG?’
AND NOT A THING WAS CAPTURED HERE OR EVEN KNOWN.
AND DARK NIGHT FREELY ALLOWED US TO SEE
IN EACH EACH ONE (OF US)
EACH BRIGHT DISSEVERAL
EACH LIGHT EVERY SHADOW
A FACE ANSWERING
ALL BEING ALL
Rehearsal and Performance Notes
Both Robin Kirkpatrick, author of the text, and myself as a composer explore the co-creative role of the performer in the emergence of a new piece of music. The performance of Robin’s Poem could maintain a certain attitude of relaxation and wistfulness, as if everyone is improvising the music on the spot. Brief moments of consonance that may be noticed as they flow between the voices in the canon can be brought forward by slight increases in intensity, while moments of focused dissonance can be projected as simple colors, not as a resource for delivering tension in this very simple piece. We request that the text is made available to the audience in print or by projection.
Price: $15.00 for the conductor’s score; $25 for the set of parts; from a downloadable file, per ensemble. A perusal conductor’s score is also available for $2.00
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Set of conducting score and parts (soprano,fl,cl,va.piano, vibraphone)