R.E.M!X

a.k.a. Vis cu vampiri

for 12 instruments

2013

Ensemble: Fl.,Ob.,Cl.,Bs.,2Perc.,P-no.,2V-lins,V-la,Cello,D.B.

Commission: International Week of New Music Bucharest

Duration: 7 minutes

Premiere: May 2013, International Week of New Music, Icon Arts Ensemble, conductor Gabriel bebeselea, Bucharest National University of Music


Subtitled 'Vis cu vampiri' (literal translation 'Dream with vampires'), the piece is an ironic commentary with dadaist twists upon the contemporary pseudo-mythology of the vampire. Much like the historical prince and Romanian legends which were the basis of the fabrication of Dracula, the musical material is "remix"-ed beyond recognition (a clue for the keen musical detective: it's an iconic Romanian folk song from Transylvania). Bits of the distorted folk song clash with club rhythms and text fragments from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' and Cicero's 'De finibus dolorum et malorum'.

VIDEO bellow: Vlad Maistorovici conducts the S/HIMF Contemporary Ensemble at the Sibiu Hermannstadt International Music Festival Amadeus 2014

 
 

AUDIO: Live at Icon Arts Contemporary Music Festival Sibiu 2013, Icon Arts Ensemble, conducted by Gabriel Bebeșelea

 

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