2009, 2022
by Dan Senn
for My Father
for SSAATTBB Choir and Backing Sounds
63 minutes
plus section breaks
Requiem for My Father (2009) by Dan Senn
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

Czech Rail
Additional Notes
Journal Entry
Performance Setup
Pitch Analysis of Work
Too Flutter Notes
Krannert Museum Performance
Kittredge Museum Exhibition
Fluttering Effect

*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 parts accompanied 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.

Cueing Videos
in new window ot split screen for
. 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).