Orchestra: 22.214.171.124. / 126.96.36.199 / 3 Perc., Pf. / Strings (188.8.131.52.2)
First performance: 18/10/2012, Festival Play It, Firenze, Teatro Verdi, Orchestra Regionale della Toscana, Lorna Windsor and Gianluca Valenti voices, Fabio Maestri cond.
“If your majesty will only tell me the right way to begin” is, to me, at the same time a wager, an attempt and a game.
It’s a wager, inasmuch as it’s the realization of a project, which has been fascinating me for a long time: the orchestration of a purely electroacoustic piece (namely, my piece “iCi – en echo”). Due to the nature itself of the electronic sounds, the operation is far from being a traditional one: the bet is to rethink all events, trying to essentially preserve their character and their meaning. The passage to the orchestra becomes thus a way to make the piece live.
It’s an attempt, inasmuch as, in my path as a composer, it is a step towards the rapprochement of the electroacoustic and acoustic writing: not really as far as results are concerned, rather as far as the way of thinking and operating is concerned, as if the two approaches could cross their perspectives through a mirror (text is indeed drawn from “Through the Tooking Glass”, by Lewis Carroll).
It’s a game, inasmuch as sounds become words, and words become meta-words, keeping, like a shadow, a more or less indelible trace of their previous meaning.
Also see: iCi (en écho)