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Not I

Not I

Monodram für Sopran, Tonband (oder Live-Elektronik) und Video

Text von Samuel Beckett


  • Instrumentation: soprano, tape (or live electronics) and video
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
A woman of around 70 stands in the middle of the stage. She speaks in an unbroken stream of words, sentences and fragments. Individual events from her life can just be made out among this linguistic torrent: she imagines herself lying down with her face in the grass, she sees herself in the supermarket, or sitting on a hill in Ireland and repeatedly recalls her inability to speak, restrain the rush of words and thoughts and make herself understood. She is convinced that she is being punished by God, even though she cannot fathom the reason for this. She realises however that God does not need a reason to punish her. She is sure that she has something to say, but does not know what. If she only speaks for long enough, she will discover what it is she has to ask for forgiveness for. The curtain falls.
Beckett‘s works which was premiered in New York in 1972 is an essay in the loss of identity and the drifting apart of ‘I’ and ‘not I’. Heinz Holliger approaches this seemingly unstructured flow of words containing only four precisely placed pauses with a vocal line dismembered through complex rhythms and wide intervals and a medium of duplication: a tape produced by the composer superimposes a playback above the vocal line, displacing, curtailing and fragmenting what is sung and employing a mechanical mechanism to surmount the compulsive speech.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Vasso Devetzi for the IRCAM (Paris)
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 15. Juli 1980 Avignon (F) · Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano · Dirigent: Heinz Holliger und Thomas Kessler, Klangregie · Inszenierung: Bernard Sobel · Kostüme: Titina Maselli · Bühnenbild: Titina Maselli
Year of composition: 1978-1980
instrumentation: Das Zuspielband (vierkanalig auf DVD) ist beim Verlag erhältlich.
Performances
2019-09-07 | Luzern (Switzerland), Südpol — 16:00
Conductor: Dirk Erdelkamp
2013-02-15 | Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Kunstmuseum
Conductor: Dirk Erdelkamp
2012-12-09 | Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Kunstmuseum
Conductor: Rodrigo Tomillo
2011-06-25 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Museum Pfalzgalerie
Conductor: Rodrigo Tomillo
2011-06-14 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Museum Pfalzgalerie
Conductor: Rodrigo Tomillo
2011-05-28 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Museum Pfalzgalerie | First Night
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-27 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1)
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-26 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1)
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-25 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1)
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-24 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1) | First Night
1990-07-01 | London (United Kingdom), Almeida Theatre
Conductor: Heinz Holliger und Thomas Kessler, Klangregie
1982-01-14 | Basel (Switzerland)
Conductor: Heinz Holliger und Thomas Kessler, Klangregie
1980-07-15 | Avignon (France) | World Premiere
A woman of around 70 stands in the middle of the stage. She speaks in an unbroken stream of words, sentences and fragments. Individual events from her life can just be made out among this linguistic torrent: she imagines herself lying down with her face in the grass, she sees herself in the supermarket, or sitting on a hill in Ireland and repeatedly recalls her inability to speak, restrain the rush of words and thoughts and make herself understood. She is convinced that she is being punished by God, even though she cannot fathom the reason for this. She realises however that God does not need a reason to punish her. She is sure that she has something to say, but does not know what. If she only speaks for long enough, she will discover what it is she has to ask for forgiveness for. The curtain falls.
Beckett‘s works which was premiered in New York in 1972 is an essay in the loss of identity and the drifting apart of ‘I’ and ‘not I’. Heinz Holliger approaches this seemingly unstructured flow of words containing only four precisely placed pauses with a vocal line dismembered through complex rhythms and wide intervals and a medium of duplication: a tape produced by the composer superimposes a playback above the vocal line, displacing, curtailing and fragmenting what is sung and employing a mechanical mechanism to surmount the compulsive speech.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Vasso Devetzi for the IRCAM (Paris)
Performance duration: 35'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 15. Juli 1980 Avignon (F) · Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano · Dirigent: Heinz Holliger und Thomas Kessler, Klangregie · Inszenierung: Bernard Sobel · Kostüme: Titina Maselli · Bühnenbild: Titina Maselli
Year of composition: 1978-1980
instrumentation: Das Zuspielband (vierkanalig auf DVD) ist beim Verlag erhältlich.
2019-09-07 | Luzern (Switzerland), Südpol — 16:00
Conductor: Dirk Erdelkamp
2013-02-15 | Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Kunstmuseum
Conductor: Dirk Erdelkamp
2012-12-09 | Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Kunstmuseum
Conductor: Rodrigo Tomillo
2011-06-25 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Museum Pfalzgalerie
Conductor: Rodrigo Tomillo
2011-06-14 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Museum Pfalzgalerie
Conductor: Rodrigo Tomillo
2011-05-28 | Kaiserslautern (Germany), Museum Pfalzgalerie | First Night
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-27 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1)
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-26 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1)
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-25 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1)
Conductor: Rüdiger Bohn
2005-04-24 | Berlin (Germany), Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1) | First Night
1990-07-01 | London (United Kingdom), Almeida Theatre
Conductor: Heinz Holliger und Thomas Kessler, Klangregie
1982-01-14 | Basel (Switzerland)
Conductor: Heinz Holliger und Thomas Kessler, Klangregie
1980-07-15 | Avignon (France) | World Premiere