Libretto by Claude Vivier (F-imaginary language)
players: 0.1.2.bcl.0-0.1.1.0-perc(played by singers):Balinese gong/3 japonese gongs/BD/t-tam(lg)/crot/ant.cyms/t.bells/Cardboard tubes/glock
This work requires additional technological components and/or amplification.
Théâtre du Monument National, Montréal, QC
l'Atelier de jeu scénique de la Faculté de Musique de l'Université de Montréal / Lorraine Vaillancourt
The main character is Agni; mystical beings borrowed from stories (represented by the other six singers) gravitate around her: Lewis Carroll, Merlin, a witch, the Queen of the Night, a blind prophet, an old monk, Tristan and Isolde, Mozart, the Master of the Waters, Copernicus and his mother. These characters could be Agni’s dreams that follow her during her initiation and finally into her dematerialization.
— Claude Vivier
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“Close, mystical harmonies are tinged with microtonal dissonances that vibrate almost visibly. Waves of passion are cloaked in a shining, medieval purity — and a use of babbling invented languages — that feels otherworldly; the effect is simultaneously in and out of body.” —New York Times