Hitchcock Études
for string quartet, percussion, soundtrack and video

Nicole Lizée
Composer
Nicole Lizée
Composition Date: 2010
Revision Date: 2015
Duration: 00:20:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Percussion, Bowed String(s)

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Percussion
  • 1 x Other electronic
  • 2 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
The original work was commissioned by Megumi Masaki. Premiered July 17, 2010 Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Auditorium Santa Croce, Casalmaggiore, Italy.
Dedicated to Meg Masaki.
The reorchestration was commissioned by Music in the Barns.

The premise for Hitchcock Études is centered around my ongoing preoccupation with the fallibility of media. Technology has the potential to fail and can fail in spectacular ways, creating fascinating sounds and visuals. How to capture and replicate those beautiful mistakes?
All of the soundtrack material and visuals are from “middle period” Hitchcock films. The source material is deconstructed, spliced and otherwise “damaged”, resulting in layers of disjunct, erratic rhythmic material, twisted melodic lines and harmonies. These imperfections and errors are woven together to create a new sonic landscape over which the accompanying acoustic material is performed live. The sound materials extend beyond Bernard Hermann’s soundtrack and into the foley sounds and other audio artifacts present in the film.
The glitched sound material is precisely notated to enable the live piano to synchronize and interweave in tandem with the “malfunctioning” track and video. Notation or transcription is an important component of the work. It is coaxing material from existing material by altering its physical state; illuminating hidden melodies, gestures, and rhythms.
In his 24 Hour Psycho (1993) the Glasgow-based artist Douglas Gordon sought to uncover the unforeseen ‘micro-narratives’ lurking in Hitchcock’s film by slowing it down to approximately 2 frames per second. I approach these études with the same basic motivation in mind, extending the search to sound in film – and then extending it still further by creating a new work with my findings. The goal in this manipulation of the visual and audio material will be to both rely on and to subvert the audience’s preexisting knowledge of the material. It will be at once familiar and alien, and it is this duality that intrigues me.

Nicole Lizée
2010

Premiere Information:
24 janvier 2014, Artscape Wychwood Barns Mainspace,Toronto, ON; Music in the barns.

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MI 9233 L789hi
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Chamber Ensemble (2-9 Performers), Percussion, Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • October 26, 2016
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (viii, 96 p.) ;
    104 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
    Parts page count: 112
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour Quatuor à cordes, percussion et multimedia (bande et vidéo).
    Percussion: Glockebspiel, vibraphone, marimba, hi-hat, Chinese cymbal, Splash cymbal, Sizzle cymbal, Ride cymbal, Metal Wind Chimes, Large Cabasa, Medium & Large Tam-tam, Concert bass Drum
    Le matériel multimédia est disponible auprès de la compositrice.
    La version originale de cette oeuvre est pour piano et électronique.
    Oeuvre publiée au CMC Québec.
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    For String Quartet, percussion and multimedia (soundtrack and video).
    Percussion: Glockebspiel, vibraphone, marimba, hi-hat, Chinese cymbal, Splash cymbal, Sizzle cymbal, Ride cymbal, Metal Wind Chimes, Large Cabasa, Medium & Large Tam-tam, Concert bass Drum
    All multimedia materials are available from the composer.
    The original version of this piece is for piano, glitch and film.


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