Ford, Ron

Ronald Ford was born September 29, 1959 in Kansas City, U.S.A. He moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1983. Education: Ford studied composition, piano and computer engineering at the Duke University ...

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Inferno, I, 32 : for trio, ensemble and percussion, 1992 / text: Dante Alighieri, Jorge Luis Borges, Ron Ford

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1996
Publisher's number: 08918
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Remarks: Bron van beschr.: ensemble-partituur. - Voor trio bestaande uit: sopraan, altviool en bandoneon; ensemble bestaande uit fluit, hobo, klarinet, basklarinet, fagot, trompet, hoorn, trombone, piano, 2 violen, cello en contrabas; en slagwerker. - Engelse tekst van J.L. Borges en Italiaanse tekst van Dante Alighieri. - Tekst apart afgedrukt. - Versie 1995. - In opdracht van het Schönberg Ensemble. - Met financiële steun van het Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. - Uitg. in drie afzonderlijke partituren voor de drie bezettingsgroepen. - Cop. 1995. - Tijdsduur: ca. 18'
Duration: 18'00"
Number of players: 17
Year of composition: 1992
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Borges, Jorge Luis (librettist)
Dante Alighieri (librettist)
Program note (English): Inferno, I,32 is both the title of a parable by Jorge Luis Borges as an allusion to lines in Dante's poem which Borges uses as a departure point for his work. The composition Inferno, I, 32 is both the vocal and instrumental 'telling' of Borges story. In this work I have strived for a parallel with the classical art of storytelling, whereby the narrator not only retells the events of the story, but uses his keen sense for timing, tempo and surprise, to allow the story to be 'recreated' before the audience. In order to achieve this feeling Inferno, I, 32 is written in three independent layers, each whith its own timing and concentration. These three groups are superimposed so that each new performance is different and unique. In this 'telling' of the story one can perhaps see the soprano as imprisoned behind staccato chords of the ensemble, which in turn is enclosed within the percussion. The first layer is the vocal group: a trio of soprano, viola and bandoneon. The soprano
sings Borge's story, which consists of two parts, the first about an imprisoned leopard, the second about Dante at the end of his life. The seconf group is formed by the tutti instrumental ensemble of 13 players. The instrumental 'telling' of the story contains certain parallels with that of the vocal group, but eventually takes its own direction. The third group, which is not continuously present during the piece, is the percussionist. He accentuates the 2 part structure of the story by playing at the words '... for the machinery of the world is too complex...'. This phrase signals the end of both the first and second half of Borge's text. Trio, ensemble, and percussion play in different tempi, have their own individual rhythmic sense, and have moments where timing is variable. These groups can thus shift in relation to each other. This causes not only te unique tension in the piece, but also for each performance a new 'telling' of the same story. - RON FORD

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