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No people.

No people.

for nonet


  • Instrumentation: nonet
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description

The title No people. comes from the surrealist Raymond Roussel. In 1932 he published a long poem called New Impressions of Africa. For this he commissioned 59 drawings to illustrate the text. The commission was given to the artist through a detective agency so he never knew who the commissioner was or saw the text he was supposed to illustrate. All he got was instructions for each drawing and he had to make the drawings accordingly. A typical instruction might be

Nocturnal landscape. Very starry sky with a thin crescent of moon.  (No people.)

or

A rambler, arm raised and fingers outspread, dropping a pebble (still visible) down a well and seemingly straining to hear the sound of its splash.   (No other people.)

When Roussel put the drawings and text together, the ordinary everyday drawings took on a strangeness they might otherwise not have had if the artist had drawn with the text in front of him.  It's the juxtaposition of both unknowns - text/drawings - that gives the final work its strange quality.

© Gerald Barry (2013)

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Ensemble 7Bridges
Performance duration: 18'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 18. Mai 2013 Huddersfield, St. Paul\'s Hall (UK) · Ensemble 7Bridges · Dirigent: James Weeks
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: cl.bsn-2hns-str(1.1.1.1.1)
Performances
2017-01-13 | The Hague (Netherlands), Korzo Theater — 20:30
2017-01-12 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan\'t IJ — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Joel Sachs
Orchestra: The New Juilliard Ensemble
2015-07-05 | New York, NY (United States of America), MoMA | national Premiere
Conductor: Antony Csaba
2015-03-05 | Victoria, BC (Canada), University of Victoria — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: James Weeks
2013-05-19 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), Rorthern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage — 19:00
Conductor: James Weeks
2013-05-18 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St. Paul\'s Hall | World Premiere

The title No people. comes from the surrealist Raymond Roussel. In 1932 he published a long poem called New Impressions of Africa. For this he commissioned 59 drawings to illustrate the text. The commission was given to the artist through a detective agency so he never knew who the commissioner was or saw the text he was supposed to illustrate. All he got was instructions for each drawing and he had to make the drawings accordingly. A typical instruction might be

Nocturnal landscape. Very starry sky with a thin crescent of moon.  (No people.)

or

A rambler, arm raised and fingers outspread, dropping a pebble (still visible) down a well and seemingly straining to hear the sound of its splash.   (No other people.)

When Roussel put the drawings and text together, the ordinary everyday drawings took on a strangeness they might otherwise not have had if the artist had drawn with the text in front of him.  It's the juxtaposition of both unknowns - text/drawings - that gives the final work its strange quality.

© Gerald Barry (2013)

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Ensemble 7Bridges
Performance duration: 18'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 18. Mai 2013 Huddersfield, St. Paul\'s Hall (UK) · Ensemble 7Bridges · Dirigent: James Weeks
Year of composition: 2013
instrumentation: cl.bsn-2hns-str(1.1.1.1.1)
2017-01-13 | The Hague (Netherlands), Korzo Theater — 20:30
2017-01-12 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw aan\'t IJ — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Joel Sachs
Orchestra: The New Juilliard Ensemble
2015-07-05 | New York, NY (United States of America), MoMA | national Premiere
Conductor: Antony Csaba
2015-03-05 | Victoria, BC (Canada), University of Victoria — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: James Weeks
2013-05-19 | Gateshead (United Kingdom), Rorthern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage — 19:00
Conductor: James Weeks
2013-05-18 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), St. Paul\'s Hall | World Premiere
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