Mine, Mime, Meme
for chamber ensemble(2014)
|Movements||Meme I - Meme II - Meme III|
The first two movements of Meme are intended to be spread out on a program as teasers before the third movement. All three movements should not be performed consecutively.
|Commission||Commissioned by the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and by Carnegie Hall, with visual arts production elements made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.|
|Premiere||January 18, 2016 New York, NY, Carnegie Hall (USA) · eighth blackbird|
|Instrumentation||alto flute, clarinet in Bb, vibraphone, piano, violin, and cello|
Scenario: The cellist finds themselves in a strange environment where everything they do is mimicked by five other instrumentalists. The cellist tries out various sounds and figures in this unfamiliar sonic world, making things up as they go and listening to the result. The cellist eventually finds a soulful aria (Meme 3), and as the aria becomes more impassioned, the imitators get better and better at predicting what the cellist is going to do, eventually singing right along with the cellist as equals, subsuming the cellist into their sound and then suplanting the cellist in the leadership position. A fight/dialogue ensues, and as the cellist gradually regains their role as the primary voice, the clarinet emerges as the principal outlier/antagonist, only re-joining the task at hand with the piece's final note.
– Andrew Norman