Requiem for Beauty- for soprano, ensemble and electronics

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large chamber ensemble, soprano (voice)
With electronics
Sound spatialization
Work premiered
June 2019
Venue of the premiere
United Kingdom
20 minutes

The title for my work came from Gao Xingjian’s (b. 1940) film, Requiem for Beauty, which is a haunting literary-visual hybrid. I chose the English translation of the title because the text materials that the singer delivers are presented in both the original Mandarin Chinese and the English translation by Gilbert C. F. Fong. The vocal part explores the idea of translation as negotiation between languages, and the ensemble as a whole explores the idea of translation between art forms in a more inter-semiotic sense.

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