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Michael Wolters: RequiemBRC005

Requiem is designed to create the loneliest situation possible: a single performer, whose voice is the only material for the electronic track, relying on only themselves for their own accompaniment.

Written specifically for the delicate, complex and controlled tone of clarinetist and singer Jack McNeill, Requiem requires the soloist to sing the syllables 'so', 'lone' and 'ly', which are fed through a sampler, creating a richly harmonic background. The piece's five main parts refer to the15th Century composer Ockeghem’s Requiem structure and are interspersed with verses of the Irish song She moved through the fair sung by the soloist.

The hour-long solo for bass clarinet with electronic track was commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the event Requiem To Let (in collaboration with theatre company Stan’s Cafe) and was first performed on 26th September 2015. Originally composed for performance in an empty shop unit in Birmingham that still held the remains of a business going bankrupt, Requiem To Let was devised as swan-song for the British High Street.

Composer Michael Wolters, whose music has been described as ‘utterly beguiling’ (Tempo) and ‘oddly moving’ (Guardian), creates works that deconstruct and question the traditional concert situation or which are designed for performance outside the concert hall altogether. In 2008 he soundtracked the BBC News live, and in 2012 he made a large-scale performance taking place on and around a German ice rink.

 

 

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TRACKLISTING

 

                                                                                                                                  

TRACKLISTING

1 Requiem Part 1
2 My Young Love Said To Me
3 Requiem Part 2
4 As She Stepped Away From Me
5 Requiem Part 3
6 The People Were Saying
7 Requiem Part 4
8 Last Night She Came To Me
9 Requiem Part 5

 

Artist: Jack McNeill clarinet

 

Cat # BRC005

 

Release date: 25 October 2019
 
ABOUT THE COMPOSER
 
Michael Wolters

Michael Wolters has maintained an outsider position in the world of contemporary music with works which deconstruct and question the traditional concert situation or which are designed for performance outside the concert hall. He has written music for traditional ensembles like Birmingham Contemporary Music Group but prefers to challenge conventional set-ups and concert rituals. This has resulted in pieces with unusual instrumentations (like his twelve-minute-long opera The Voyage, produced with theatre company Stan's Cafe for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad written for mezzo-soprano, eleven recorders and double bass), performances in unusual places (wahnsinnig wichtig on ice took place on and around an ice rink) or projects of unusual duration (his Spring Symphony: The Joy of Life is the shortest symphony in the world and lasts around 17 seconds while the performance of Wir sehen uns morgen wieder lasted for a month).

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