Slept Unwell
for SATB and electronics

Bekah Simms
Composer
Bekah Simms
Composition Date: 2017
Duration: 00:05:00
Genre: Four Voices, With Electronic and Instrumental Ensemble

Instrumentation:

Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Tape
  • 1 x Soprano
  • 1 x Alto
  • 1 x Tenor
  • 1 x Bass
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Programme Note:
“Slept Unwell” is a deconstruction of an obscure Newfoundland folksong, "The Maiden's Lament" as collected by Sir Ernest Macmillan. As a Newfoundlander, it intrigued me that I had never heard this “familiar” tune – how might it be made even more unfamiliar? How does a 21st-centruy eye interpret the text? To me, the image of dying surrounded by birds as death bells is evocative, but far less pleasant than the melodic material of the original song would suggest. In a way, because the song is more less "dead" in the region where it was collected, the material of "Slept Unwell" is most like the dissection of a musical corpse.

Premiere Information:
Toronto
Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory of Music
26 May 2017
Soundstreams Vocal Ensemble
Christopher Dawes

CATALOGUE INFO:

  • Call Number:
  • MV 4900 S5925sle
  • Genre:
  • Four Voices, With Electronic and Instrumental Ensemble
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 15, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    14 Pages
    Height: 11 inches
    Width: 8.5 inches
    This piece includes a tape part
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
  • Text: traditional Newfoundland and Brittany Robinson
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