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"Christ lag in Todesbanden" - Mise en scene

for mixed chamber ensemble with audio playback

Year:  2003 Instrumentation:  electronic keyboard; fl., ob., cl.; hn, tbn; vln (2), vla, vc., cb.; perc. (3); organ

Year:  2003
Instrumentation  electronic keyboard; fl., o...

Composer:   Dugal McKinnon

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Sample Score

Sample: pages 1-3 and 12-15

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Generated from a Bach chorale (BWV 277), this work is choral, in the sense denoted by chora - an area in which genesis takes place. The chorale then, generates a chora, an activated space, articulated by the ensemble and, intervallically, inhabited by the chorale. The result is a theatre in which drama materialises through the play of denotation/detonation, between denoted object (chorale) and the space created by its detonation (chora). "Christ lag in Todesbanden" is significant here, for the tension that binds the work lies in the anticipation of resurrection, the recomposition out of chora of the decomposed chorale.

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Stroma

Performance history

06 Sep 2003: Performed by Stroma as part of the Wellington Cathedral Festival of the Arts in Wellington