by Dan Senn
for SSAATTBB Choir and Backing Sounds
63 minutes plus section breaks
|Requiem for My Father (2009) by Dan
is for large choir and backing sounds recorded from a performance of a Too Flutter sound sculpture built by the composer. The main text is in Latin, freely augmented with English extemporaneously. The pre-recorded sounds are acoustic in origin, unaltered except for stereo location with some filtering suggesting rail-like and cinematic timbres. The work is dedicated to my father who passed as the choral writing was just begun in the summer of 2008. DS
Pitch Analysis of Work
Too Flutter Notes
Krannert Museum Performance
Kittredge Museum Exhibition
*The photo above is of my father holding the reins of a pony in the backyard of our house in 1958. The composer is atop the horse as admired by his little sister Gloria and a taller neighbor girl Sherry. Dad's hobby was to enter contests/sweepsteaks in search of financial relief. Here he won a Shetland pony with a winning name, "Stargrazer". My mother, Elayne Senn, was the photographer.
|This work consists of choral
by stereo backing sounds. The
sung parts are
presented as a traditional choral
score. The electronic accompaniment is derived
from a sound sculpture, all
acoustic and barely processed. These two components are synchronized
using cuing videos with timing dots for the conductor and stereo
backing tracks for the sound system.
1) While viewing the choral score, to Sibelius performed voices alone without the backing sounds (37 minutes).
2) Listen to the backing only sounds by clicking on the Cueing (blue) in the rightmost column. These also include timing dots for the conductor
3) While viewing the choral score, click on the vc+backing videos in the rightmost column. These include timing dots for the conductor + demo Sibelius generated voices + the backing sounds.
Open score in new window ot split screen for
referencing. Use headphones!
Prelude | backing only
Introitus | vc+backing | backing only
Kyrie + Dies Irae | vc+backing | backing
Tuba Mirum | vc+backing | backing
Rex Tremendae | vc+backing | backing
Recordare, Jesu Pie | vc+backing | backing
Confutatis + Lacrimosa | vc+backing | backing
Domine Jesu | vc+backing | backing
Hostias | vc+backing | backing
Sanctus | Benedictus | vc+backing | backing
Agnus Dei | vc+backing | backing
Lux Aeterna | vc+backing | backing
NOTE: vc+backing videos are for demonstration while backing videos are for rehearsals and performances. Higher resolution backing videos are available from the composer.
Dan Senn (Prague-Watertown) is an intermedia/fluxus artist working in music composition and production, kinetic sound sculpture, experimental and documentary film. He has been a professor of music and art in the United States and Australia and travels internationally as a lecturer, performer and installation artist. He lives in Prague where he directs the Echofluxx festivals, and Watertown, Wisconsin, the USA, with his partner-collaborator, Caroline Senn. Dan's work moves freely between expressive extremes and languages depending upon the aesthetic joust at hand. Dan is cofounder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City, Cascadia Composers of Portland Oregon, and the Echofluxx media festivals in Prague. (read more).