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The Paper Nautilus

The Paper Nautilus

for soprano, mezzo-soprano, 2 pianos and percussion

Texts by Etel Adnan, Marie Curie, Jackie Kay, Leo XIII and from the Bible


  • Instrumentation: soprano, mezzo soprano, 2 pianos and percussion
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English - French - Latin

 
Description
The deep sea makes up 80% of our planet whilst land only equates to 0/5% and yet the deep sea is the least known part of the world. More people have travelled into space than into the depths of the sea. The Paper Nautilus is the result of a collaboration between Gavin Bryars and the visionary theatre director Cathie Boyd and her Theatre Cryptic. The work is based on an earlier cantata, Effarine (1984), which grew out of a collaboration with another visionary of the theatre, Robert Wilson, and which draws on material related either to the sea, or to the sense of scientific wonder. The television series Blue Planet was an inspiration to further research, and in order to take the work beyond the three extant sections of the cantata Theatre Cryptic commissioned new poems from Jackie Kay, taking ideas from these resources. The composer also added short Biblical texts in Latin and English.
The instrumentation of the work comes from that of the original cantata, which was itself conditioned by the fact that it was to be a companion piece for Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique, but with two instead of four pianos. The two voices sing alternate sections, though often coming together to form duets or with one accompanying the other. At the end they sing quietly in unison as the instrumental ensemble moves through the coda, ending with the very literal use of the water gong in the last bars. (based on the composer’s note for the world première)
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Theatre Cryptic with financial support from the Scottish Arts Council and the PRS Foundation
Content text: I La Science
II La Reine de la Mer
III Ars Photographica
IV De profundis maris
V The sea mysteries
VI Where there is light
VII Vertical migration
VIII The Angler's Song
IX Where there is no light
X La Reine de la Mer
Performance duration: 80'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 2. November 2006 Glasgow, The Tramway Theatre (UK) · Angela Tunstall, soprano; Alexandra Gibson, mezzo-soprano; Paragon Ensemble · Dirigent: Garry Walker · Inszenierung: Cathie Boyd · Kostüme: Pippa Nissen · Bühnenbild: Pippa Nissen · Choreographie: Hiroaki Umeda · Veranstalter: Theatre Cryptic/Paragon Ensemble co-production, in association with Tramway, Glasgow, and LUX biotechnology, Edinburgh (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 2006
instrumentation: 6perc(glsp, vib, crot, 2mar, bass mar, steel drum, tub bells, 2tri, 4sus cym, 2sizz cym, ride cym, 7gongs [plus water tank], 2tam-t, 2bell tree, 3mark tree, cabaça, chocolo, 2b.d, 4timp, maracs)-2pno
Performances
2012-09-09 | Long Beach, CA (United States of America), Aquarium of the Pacific — 20.00 h
2012-09-08 | Long Beach, CA (United States of America), Aquarium of the Pacific — 20.00 h
2012-09-07 | Long Beach, CA (United States of America), Aquarium of the Pacific — 20.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-17 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Lawrence Batley Theatre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-04 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Tramway Theatre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-03 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Tramway Theatre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-02 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Tramway Theatre — 20.00 h | World Premiere
The deep sea makes up 80% of our planet whilst land only equates to 0/5% and yet the deep sea is the least known part of the world. More people have travelled into space than into the depths of the sea. The Paper Nautilus is the result of a collaboration between Gavin Bryars and the visionary theatre director Cathie Boyd and her Theatre Cryptic. The work is based on an earlier cantata, Effarine (1984), which grew out of a collaboration with another visionary of the theatre, Robert Wilson, and which draws on material related either to the sea, or to the sense of scientific wonder. The television series Blue Planet was an inspiration to further research, and in order to take the work beyond the three extant sections of the cantata Theatre Cryptic commissioned new poems from Jackie Kay, taking ideas from these resources. The composer also added short Biblical texts in Latin and English.
The instrumentation of the work comes from that of the original cantata, which was itself conditioned by the fact that it was to be a companion piece for Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique, but with two instead of four pianos. The two voices sing alternate sections, though often coming together to form duets or with one accompanying the other. At the end they sing quietly in unison as the instrumental ensemble moves through the coda, ending with the very literal use of the water gong in the last bars. (based on the composer’s note for the world première)
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Theatre Cryptic with financial support from the Scottish Arts Council and the PRS Foundation
Content text: I La Science
II La Reine de la Mer
III Ars Photographica
IV De profundis maris
V The sea mysteries
VI Where there is light
VII Vertical migration
VIII The Angler's Song
IX Where there is no light
X La Reine de la Mer
Performance duration: 80'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 2. November 2006 Glasgow, The Tramway Theatre (UK) · Angela Tunstall, soprano; Alexandra Gibson, mezzo-soprano; Paragon Ensemble · Dirigent: Garry Walker · Inszenierung: Cathie Boyd · Kostüme: Pippa Nissen · Bühnenbild: Pippa Nissen · Choreographie: Hiroaki Umeda · Veranstalter: Theatre Cryptic/Paragon Ensemble co-production, in association with Tramway, Glasgow, and LUX biotechnology, Edinburgh (szenische Aufführung)
Year of composition: 2006
instrumentation: 6perc(glsp, vib, crot, 2mar, bass mar, steel drum, tub bells, 2tri, 4sus cym, 2sizz cym, ride cym, 7gongs [plus water tank], 2tam-t, 2bell tree, 3mark tree, cabaça, chocolo, 2b.d, 4timp, maracs)-2pno
2012-09-09 | Long Beach, CA (United States of America), Aquarium of the Pacific — 20.00 h
2012-09-08 | Long Beach, CA (United States of America), Aquarium of the Pacific — 20.00 h
2012-09-07 | Long Beach, CA (United States of America), Aquarium of the Pacific — 20.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-17 | Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Lawrence Batley Theatre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-04 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Tramway Theatre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-03 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Tramway Theatre — 20.00 h
Conductor: Garry Walker
2006-11-02 | Glasgow (United Kingdom), The Tramway Theatre — 20.00 h | World Premiere