composer

Kyriakides, Yannis

General: Yannis Kyriakides was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1969, emigrated to Britain in 1975, and has been living in the Netherlands since 1992. He currently lives in Amsterdam with ...

related works

Face : for female vocalist, recorder(s), violin, piano, electronics and video / Yannis Kyriakides

Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Gemengd ensemble (2-12 spelers) met elektronica
Instruments: voc rec vn pf electronics

Et dans un long tournoiement j'entrerai dedans l'etange celeste : for bassoon, double bass, clarinet/bass clarinet and electronics / Alla Zagaykevych

Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Gemengd ensemble (2-12 spelers) met elektronica
Instruments: fg db cl(cl-b) tape

The Water Sends Me to Sleep : for piano, clarinet in B flat, vibraphone and sound effects / Julia Tsenova

Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Gemengd ensemble (2-12 spelers) met elektronica
Instruments: pf cl vibr elec

Disturbing Light : for piano, violin, tape and art-video / Rieteke Hölscher

Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Gemengd ensemble (2-12 spelers) met elektronica
Instruments: pf vn tape

 

composition

Ode to Man (abridged version) : for 4 sopranos and electronics / Yannis Kyriakides; text based on Antigone by Sophocles

Publisher's number: 15813
Genre: Electronical music
Subgenre: Gemengd ensemble (2-12 spelers) met elektronica
Instruments: 4sopr tape
Duration: 12'30"
Number of players: 4
Year of composition: 2016
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Sophocles (librettist)
Description:
Ode to man was written for the vocal group Silbersee, for their production Homo Instrumentalis. It is based on the text from the chorus of Antigone by Sophocles (line 332-375) known as The Ode to Man. This is one of the most famous choral odes in ancient Greek tragedy, where, in what seems to be an ironic tone, the technological achievements of the human race are set out. Man’s ability to conquer nature, to develop language and law and to create great civilisations is set against the fact that the one thing he cannot conquer is his own mortality. This ambiguity is reflected in the first line: “Deinon”, the word used in the description of these achievements can mean both “terrible” and “wonderful”.
The theme of man against nature is one that is explored in the music also. I wanted to use the text in a way that it is constantly being deconstructed into its phonemes. The voices slowly move from the articulation of the text to pure raw vocality. The grating presence of the electronic sound is always in a state of overpowering and unbalancing the voices.

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