Coming up on May 4th, Journées Arts & Science 2021 Transitions Concert presents Noémie Saintandré, violin, in a concert recorded live with violin and electronics. Kyrielle, for violin and fixed media audio (2005) by Alice Shields, will be among the works performed.
Kyrielle is based on Gregorian chants associated with the Virgin Mary: an Agnus Dei, a Magnificat, and the Ave Maris Stella, with an Alleluia. The three main chants form the three sections of the piece. The violin part consists of wide-ranging, shaped melismas surrounding phrases of chant. In the score I include the Latin words of the chants to help guide the violinist to play these phrases as if she or he were a singer capable of singing in the enormous range of the violin.
João Pedro Oliveira: Magma
Anna Rubin: Stolen Gold
Umut Eldem: Bound
Alice Shields: Kyrielle