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And Then She Said

Description: The concept of "And Then She Said" evolved while I was working on the music for the production of "Medea-Plays" conceived and directed by Ed Isser at the Stanford Drama department. Ed had the ingenious idea to use four narrators, backstage, each reciting a different version of the Medea story in a different language (Greek, Latin, French, or German), while four actors on the center stage spoke in English. The rich musical possibilities that this idea offered attracted me immediately. With Ed's permission, I recorded the four narrators in the four languages. They spoke the text just as in the play, but I also included some variations such as having them whisper the text, or sing it on certain specified pitches. I then processed those recordings with a Lexicon digital reverberator, and combined them with some of the computer-generated sounds I had used for the original Medea score. The actress does not play the role of Medea; instead I chose to juxtapose the Greek myth and an opposite idea: the Judeo-Christian symbolism of child sacrifice as the ultimate religious commitment, as in the stories of Isaac and Jesus. The story that I adapted for this piece is that of Hanna and her seven sons, taken from the book of Maccabees. "And Then She Said" was written between September 1986 and March 1987. It is dedicated to the memory of Catholic archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who was assassinated there on March 24, 1980 for his beliefs.
Date: 102865
Duration: 35 minutes 15 seconds
Creator: Wolman, Amnon, 1955-
Partner: UNT Music Library


Description: Ran claims to be a sonorous flow where the almost pseudocasual control substitutes itsel to human creativity in different ways. There is a playful alternation, through differents levels of generation, of the creative-compositive process between man and machine. The creative casual process of the machine, once fixed the range, determine the choice of the human creative process. The title RAN (Heran) means that only the interactive comprehension between the casual thing and the determined one can provide balance. In this way the opposites are no more incompatible but complementary, and any of them gives hints to the other making them closer to the aim. Musical events had been realized At DIST of Genoa University and in the composer's studio, using CMusic language. Technical notes: Languages: CMusic (inplemented on Vax), Machine language 6510 Programs: Composer's own program Computers: Vax 11/750, Microvax, PDP 11/23, Commodore64 Tape machines: Revox A77, Studer A-807 Mixer: Tascam M-208, Boss Km60 Analog signal processors: Cabre AF34 stereo equalizer, Pioneer reverb SR9 Samplers: Roland S50 Stereo 16bits 44.1Khz
Date: 102835
Duration: 7 minutes 53 seconds
Creator: Pedrazzi, Marco, 1959-
Partner: UNT Music Library
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