for soprano and violin(2011)
|Text information||Texts by Jenny Holzer, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Pietro Bembo, Michael Drayton, Sigmund Freud, Guido d’Arezzo, and Sarah Teasdale|
|Movements||I. 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)
|Commission||For Josh Modney|
|Premiere||December 13, 2011; Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City; presented by S.E.M. Ensemble; Kate Soper, soprano • Josh Modney, violin|
|Technical requirements||Two full scores required for performance.|
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.
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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