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Scintillans, for soprano and instrumental ensemble

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Scintillans, for soprano and instrumental ensemble. Jessica Roberts, soprano; Ensemble CONCEPT/21,
Carmen-Helena Téllez, conductor.

Program Note:

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.

Instrumentation

Soprano

Flute

Clarinet

Viola

Vibraphone

Piano

Text

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.

SCINTILLANS

ALL

DARK                                                              DARK

 MOST

ALMOST

DARK                                                              DARK

 STILL

STILL

DARK                                                              IN MEMORY

  IS NOT

        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

          (LUMINESCENT)

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

GRACE

IN EACH                  EACH ONE (OF US)

PARTICULAR

EACH BRIGHT                DISSEVERAL

IN SPACE

EACH LIGHT EVERY SHADOW

             A FACE                                                             ANSWERING

ALL BEING ALL

STILL

ONE

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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Tellez – Scintillans

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Scintillans

Full Score

$15.00

Scintillans

Perusal conductor’s score

$2.00

Scintillans

Set of conducting score and parts (soprano,fl,cl,va.piano, vibraphone)

$40.00