Oorebeek, Christina Viola

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... and god invented dice / Christina Viola Oorebeek

Publisher's number: 10856
Genre: Opera, musical theatre
Subgenre: Musical
Scoring: sopr sopr-m perc MIDI-keyb vc tape
Remarks: Muziektheater voor mezzosopraan, sopraan, cello, slagwerker, MIDI en tape. - Teksten van Charles Bukowski, Plato, Thomas Morley en Stephan Mallarmé. - Jaar van comp.: 2003. - Tijdsduur: 25'
Duration: 25'00"
Year of composition: 2003
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Program note (English): [World premiere: 31 mei 2002 - De Feniks, Borgerhout (Antwerp, Belgium) - Rolande van der Paal, Gerrie de Vries, Alex Waterman, Josep Vincent, Yutaka Oya (Feniks Festival)] - '...and god invented dice' is about the connection between mankind's age-old attraction for gambling for money or goods, and the role of chance taking and calculated risks in just about every action man undertakes. It is as though we are constantly defying the adagium by Ovidius: Intra fortunam quisque debet manere suam (Everyone must remain within the limits of his own fate). In choosing the texts, I wanted to move from the actual experience of playing poker and dice through the emotional plaints causes by losing, to end, finally, at the metaphysical concept of fate, so superbly expressed in Mallarmé's Un coup de Des. The sound collages to be heard in gambling casino's today, including the electronic jingles and mechanical sounds of the game machines going off at random times, the muzak, lounge acts and
the voices of players enchant me. Las Vegas, in particular, provided the summum of sound material for this project. - CHRISTINA VIOLA OOREBEEK

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