The Understanding of All Things
for soprano and fixed media(2013, rev. 2015, rev. 2019)
|Commission||Original version was commissioned by Dinosaur Annex.|
|Premiere||Original version (for soprano, flute, cello and tape) premiered April 14, 2014 at the MIT Museum in Cambridge MA, with Dinosaur Annex and Kate Soper, soprano. Revised (current) version premiered May 11, 2015 on the Music Mondays series in New York, NY.|
|Technical requirements||Audio playback file is included with file package for digital purchases.|
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Kafka's very short story Der Kreisel ("the top") describes a philosopher who is only happy in the brief instant in which he catches child's spinning top while it still spins. In the very next moment, he is disgusted with himself...and on the lookout for the next top! The search for universal truth and personal happiness is as hopeless as the attempt to write a piece of music that does everything you wanted it to do...and as impossible to give up on.
All sounds in the tape are manipulations of recordings of a spinning top in a cast-iron skillet and a recitation of the Kafka text.
– Kate Soper