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Kate Soper

The Ultimate Poem is Abstract

for soprano and chamber ensemble

(2016)
Text informationText by Wallace Stevens and various
Durationca. 12 minutes
CommissionCommissioned by The Los Angeles Philharmonic
PremiereOctober 1 2016; Disney Hall, Los Angeles, CA; members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Kate Soper, soprano • John Adams, conductor
LanguageEnglish
InstrumentationFlute
Oboe
Clarinet in Bb
Tenor saxophone

Horn
Trumpet
Trombone

2 percussion (vibraphone, 5-octave marimba, 2-octaves crotales, sus. cymbal, china cymbal, 2 woodblocks, spring drum, triangle, concert bass drum, tam-tam)
Piano

Soprano solo
2 violins
Viola
Cello
Bass
PublisherPSNY

Media

Program Note

The Ultimate Poem Is Abstract began, as a lot of pieces do, with a vague musical notion – can I, a singer, be subsumed into an abstract musical texture? – and some even vaguer conceptual notions – what is an abstract musical texture anyway? Does it have an opposite? And if so, which is more “authentic”? Many texts were scrutinized in the effort to figure out what, exactly, I was trying to say, but ultimately only Wallace Stevens’ remained intact. The voice within this poem, like the voice of the soprano within the ensemble (and perhaps like the nattering voice inside the composer’s head), can describe, can question, can categorize – but ultimately longs most of all, with only occasional flickering success, to experience.

Recording is available via Carrier Records.

– Kate Soper

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