for soprano, flute, violin, and percussion(2016)
|Text information||Text by Aristotle, abridged/adapted Soper|
|Premiere||April 18, 2016; St. Anselm College, Manchester NH; The Wet Ink Ensemble: Kate Soper (soprano), Erin Lesser (flute), Ian Antonio (percussion), Josh Modney (violin)|
Flute (C and bass, may need additional "beater" C flute)
Violin (scordatura; may need additional "beater" violin)
Percussion (4.5 octave marimba, 2 octaves crotales plus a duplicate C5 crotale removed from the set, splash cymbal, sus. cymbal, china cymbal, tam tam, tom, prepared tom with rim loosened)
|Technical requirements||See preview page for auxiliary instruments, staging elements, and loop-able material|
Metaphysics is the fifth 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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Aristotle's Metaphysics asks what we can know. "Metaphysics" tackles this premise by deconstructing the act of performance itself in the name of Aristotelean logic--and then releases the question into the intellectually impenetrabile realm of pure music.
- Kate Soper