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Kate Soper

Rhetoric

for soprano, flute, violin, and percussion

(2015)
Text informationText by Aristotle (abr./arr. by Kate Soper)
Duration16'
PremiereSeptember 10, 2015; Resonant Bodies Festival, Roulette, Brooklyn NY; The Wet Ink Ensemble: Kate Soper (soprano), Erin Lesser (flutes), Josh Modney (violin), Ian Antonio (percussion)
LanguageEnglish
InstrumentationSoprano
Flute (C flute/piccolo)
Violin
Percussion (marimba, 2 octaves crotales, woodblock, prepared drum, splash cymbal, sus. cymbal, china cymbal, sandpaper blocks (played by soprano)
Auxiliary crotales
Technical requirementsSee preview pages for full percussion details and explanation of auxiliary crotale part.
PublisherPSNY

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Program Note

Rhetoric is the third 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

Aristote's Rhetoric was the first treatise to lay out the ground rules for the art of persuasive speech.  But to succeed in persuading is not axiomatically to be right, and a close examination of the text yields some unsettling themes: that being and acting honest are indistinguishable, as are proving and seeming to prove.  And yet, in the midst of moral equivocation, Aristotle makes the startling claim that whoever tells the truth has a natural advantage.  "Rhetoric" searches for this advantage in a setting which places the text amidst some of music's most dependable rhetorical devises, from triads to twelve-tone rows, and finally by stripping it bare of device--and of music--altogether.

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