Drammaturgie | 2000

Anatra al sal

U.S. Premiere
10.05.2019, New York, Crypt of the Church of the Intercession
11.05.2019, Philadelphia, University Lutheran Church

Ekmeles Contemporary Voices
Charlotte Mundy, soprano
Elisa Sutherland, mezzo soprano
Tim Keeler, countertenor
Steven Bradshaw, tenor
Jeffrey Gavett, baritone and director
Steven Hrycelak, bass

Anatra al sal is inspired by the late XVIth Century Italian tradition of “madrigal rappresentativo”. Both agogic realism and theatrical characterization of every voice contribute to create a short theatrical work, based on the discussion of some cooks about how to cook a duck.
The sequencing and timing of the dialogues maintains the dramatic atmosphere in which the rhythms naturally change between accelerando (during quarrels) and rallentando (during rejoicing).
Five out of six parts have a single-vowel text, employing a rhetorical figure often seen in XVIth century poetry. The single-vowel speech underlines the intentional comic effect and intensifies the tone structure of every single character.
The bass plays the role of the most important and famous cook in the group. He quotes only Latin cook books, speaking Latin, just to comment in a short and sarcastic way and using only the “U”.
His assistant and interpreter is a soprano part. She freely and poetically translates the severe remarks of the bass. This is the only voice free from the single-vowel cage and is intended as a fil-rouge among voices and vowels.

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Drammaturgia for six voices (2000)
Text by Ermanno Cavazzoni
Commission: Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik
First performance: 6 May 2000, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik
Neue Vocalsolisten
Publisher: Durand
Duration: ca. 8 m
CD Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2000/WDR
CD Stradivarius Alles Theater STR33680
CD Stradivarius Portrait STR 33680
CD Kairos Drammaturgie 0013232KAI 2012