MUSIC FOR THEATER

Updated 13 July 2015



Eclipse[Voicespace III] VIDEO VERSION (1979) 16:48', cf. MULTIMEDIA
Electroacoustic vocal work
Quadraphonic computer generated and processed sound,
Electroacoustically processed voices,
Video images by Ed Emshwiller

Electroacoustic version [Eclipse, VOICESPACE III], cf. ELECTROACOUSTIC


The Emperor of Ice-Cream [rev. 1974] (1961-62) 15.5'
(Staged) 8 Voices, Perc, Pf, Db
Text: poem The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens
First performance staged [premiere]: 27 April 1965
Nuova Consonanza Festival, Rome, Daniele Paris, Conductor
First performance without staging: 19 March 1965
20th Century Innovations, New York City, Gunther Schuller, conductor
EP06616



ILLUSION (2005-2006) 60'
2 Actors, Baritone, High Soprano
Solo Picc, Solo Cl, Solo Vc, Chamber Ensemble,
8-channel computer processed sound, Staging
Text: assembled by the composer from Aeschylus and Euripides
First performance: 9 May 2006
Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group
Hila Plitmann, Soprano, Troy Cook, Baritone,
Melinda Page Hamilton, Speaker, Tim Monsion, Speaker
Josef Kucera, Richard Bugg, Sound projection,
Pei Xiang, Musical assistant
with a real-time multichannel environment in the foyers preceding and following the performance
Sarah Jackson, Piccolo, Lorin Levee, Clarinet, David Garrett, Cello
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and
The Koussevitzky Music Foundations,
and supported by The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund
and the University of California, San Diego
EP68125R


I/O: A Ritual for 23 Performers, cf. MULTIMEDIA
(Staged) 9 Female Voices, 9 Male Mimes, 2 Fl, Cl,
2 Technician/Performers, live electronic processing, projections


Music for Chekhov's Ivanov (1991) 50'
8-channel computer processed sound
First performance: 3 January 1992
Art Tower Mito, Mito, Japan
Tadashi Suzuki Theatre Company
Commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund and Art Tower Mito


JUSTICE (1999-2001) 48'
Actress, Soprano, Percussion, Multichannel computer sound,
Real-time spatialization, Staging
Text: assembled by the composer from Aeschylus
First performance (revised version) [première]: 30 November 2001
Donnah Welby, Actress, Carmen Pelton, Soprano,
Steven Schick, Percussion, Josef Kucera, Robert Pitt, Peter Otto, Spatialization and dissemination,
Henry Fonte, Director, Martha Mountain, Lighting, K Williams, Manager,
Harvey Sollberger, Musical Advisor
The Great Hall of the The Library of Congress in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, DC
Commissioned by the Julian E. Berla and Freda Hauptman Berla Fund in the Library of Congress
for the celebration of the LOC's Bicentennial in 2000
EP67916


First performances (first version): 21, 22 May 1999
Lauren Flanagan, Soprano; Ellen Lauren, Actress; Steven Schick, Percussion; Josef Kucera, Sound Engineering; Peter Otto and Timothy Labor, Real-time spatialization;
Tadashi Suzuki, Partial staging, Costumes, Lighting, Direction
AT THE EDGE, an evening at the 2nd Theatre Olympics, Shizuoka, Japan


View the Library of Congress premiere video here:



The video can also be viewed on the Library of Congress Site
Justice / Carmen Pelton [video recording]


A Merciful Coincidence [Voicespace II] THEATRICAL VERSION (1976) 36'
Music theater for three vocalists, Electroacoustic montage
Text: extract from Watt, a novel by Samuel Beckett

First performance with vocalists: 9 June 1976
Festival International de Musique Expérimentale, Bourges
Extended Vocal Techniques Ensemble
Commissioned by a National Endowment for the Arts Award
EP67807A


A Merciful Coincidence [Voicespace II] ELECTROACOUSTIC VERSION, cf. ELECTROACOUSTIC
Three vocalists, Quadraphonic electroacoustic sound


The Palace [Voicespace IV], cf. SOLO
(Modest staging) Bass Baritone, Quadraphonic
computer processed sound


Music for Shakespeare's The Tempest (1980) 40'
Quadraphonic electroacoustic sound
First performance: 30 July 1980
Lenox, Massachusetts
Shakespeare & Company, Tina Packer, Director