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Kate Soper

Cipher

for soprano and violin

(2011)
Text informationTexts by Jenny Holzer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Pietro Bembo, Michael Drayton, Sigmund Freud, Guido d’Arezzo, and Sarah Teasdale
Duration15'
MovementsI. Jenny Holzer feat. Ludwig Wittgenstein
II. Pietro Bembo feat. Michael Drayton
III. Introducing Sigmund Freud
IV. Guido d'Arezzo presents Sarah Teasdale (feat. Jenny Holzer)
CommissionFor Josh Modney
PremiereDecember 13, 2011; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City; presented by S.E.M. Ensemble; Kate Soper, soprano • Josh Modney, violin
LanguageEnglish
Technical requirementsTwo full scores required for performance.
PublisherPSNY

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Program Note

Cipher is the sixth movement of IPSA DIXIT, a six-movement chamber music theatre work for soprano, flute, violin, and percussion that explores the intersections of music, language, and meaning.  It may be performed as part of the full work, as a standalone piece, or in an excerpt of the full work comprising any number of movements.

Click here to purchase the full score and complete performance materials for IPSA DIXIT – for individual movements, see "related works."

Composer note

Cipher wends its way along the slippery slopes where language and music and meaning collide, exposing the inherent ambiguity of musical temparament, ensemble hierarchy, and lyric comprehension via several centuries of linguistic investigations. Visual artist Jenny Holzer prepares a rationale; Ludwig Wittgenstein warns of conundrums; Renaissance humanist Pietro Bembo fêtes the phonemes; Sigmund Freud scrutinzes dream reality; and Jenny Holzer reappears with a moral that may not be as forthright as it seems: "people can understand you when you say something." Cipher was written for Joshua Modney.

- Kate Soper

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Piano Reduction and solo parts (Digital)

Choral Score Set - 16 copies (Print)
Includes 8 copies of the soprano/alto part and 8 copies of the tenor/bass part.

Score and part (Digital)

Score and part (Print)

Conductor Score (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Print)

Full Score/Violin Part (Digital)

Piano reduction and solo part (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Print)

Piano/Vocal Score (Digital)

Video and instructions (Digital)

Study Score in Two Volumes (Print)

Score and Parts (Digital)
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Soprano/Alto Part (Print)

Full Score (Digital)
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Full Score (Print)
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Tenor/Bass Part (Print)

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Solo Instrument Score (Digital)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Digital)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. A score PDF file is delivered via email upon receipt. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase. An email containing a link to download the electronic files is sent to the customer's email address.

Score and Parts (Print)
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Solo Instrument Score (Print)
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Full Score/Performance Score (Print)
The full score serves as a performance score for all players. Print edition(s) of the full score/performance score are shipped to the customer's address upon receipt. Multiple copies are included if the work has more than one player. Any electronic files associated with the work are included with every purchase.

Choral Score (Digital)
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Choral Score Set- 8 copies (Print)
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Vocal Score (Digital)

Vocal Score (Print)

Choral Score (Print)

Full Score and Solo Part (Print)
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Study Score (Print)

Study Score (Digital)