Cosa di tutti (Everyday Occurence) – 8 really small pocket-operattles for soprano and 2 percussionists
designed for the public space
This work is a really small, moderate production without any great technic or expenditure.
Following the question, if it’s possible to distill a kind of essence of the genre opera and if so, what is relevant today, I deprived this „venerable lady“ of the great pomp and tryed to restrict her to the basics of her existence. The abstract level of opera I putted also through the wringer, as famous or important works of this hated and beloved genre, which - in any case - is not really just go on forever.
Small and smallest melodic or rhythmic motives, snippets and noises, I plucked from existing masterpieces and sticked them together to small miniatures (comparable to the technique of cut-up in literatur, see the poems of Hertha Müller). They are so handy built, that’s possible, to „fit them in a purse“. There exist only the rest of a costume, an accessory, there is no technology, Everything is reduced to the purest.
Grappling with the genre of opera brought me also to the question, what is ”real” and what is simulated in our times of man-made body parts, of roboters and virtual life. I looked generelly to the subject of reality versus artificiality.Therefore the presentation will be embedded in the public space. The musicians open their purse and possibly and maybe there will be arise imperceptibly and magic, some soupcon of opera. And in the middle of everyday life we may met one of the grand emotions - but prompt it's also over...
The first celebrated presentation of the piece was at the public space - pedestrian zone - in Aarhus/Denmark while the Festival SPOR for new music and Performance Art. For the following presentations, planed in Cologne and at some other Festivals, I will compose 3 pieces more, so that the composition will be built of 8 parts of small and smallest cut up-operattles.