for soprano, flute, violin, and percussion(2015)
|Text information||Texts by Aristotle (abr. Soper) and Sophocles|
|Premiere||May 3, 2015; Sage Hall, Smith College, Northampton MA; The Wet Ink Ensemble: Kate Soper (soprano), Erin Lesser (flute), Ian Antonio (percussion), and Josh Modney (violin)|
|Instrumentation||Percussion: marimba (4.5 octave), crotales (2 octaves), bell, woodblock, tom, sus. cymbal, china|
cymbal, tam tam
Poetics is the first 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 Poetics is an early treatise on what art is and how to make it: specifially, how to make an effective tragedy. "Poetics" uses music to demonstrate Aristotle's instructions under the unquestioned authority of the soprano--until a brutal desertion by her ensemble-mates unearths the warning within Aristotle's favorite tragedy, Oedipus Rex: how can we ever truly count ourselves happy, when at any moment catastrophe may be laying its traps all around us?
- Kate Soper