OLGA NEUWIRTH (b.1968): Der Tod und das Mädchen II for Voices and Computer.
Catalogue Number: 08J119
Label: col legno
Reference: WWE 1CD 20261
Description: This is an electronic composition written for ballet, incorporating a text by Neuwirth's frequent collaborator, the writer Elfriede Jelinek. The verbal component is based on the sleeping beauty myth with a number of allegorical overtones -sexual awakening, life and death, the relationship between the dream world of sleep and the real world, and also as a political parable. Musically, the work consists of the narration of the text, with voices sometimes electronically transformed, surrounded by a fluid haze or aura of electronic tones and effects. From time to time more familiar sounds - musical instruments , natural sounds - are incorporated into the texture, creating an artificial world of precise and limiting boundaries, which may unexpectedly and briefly open up to reveal extended vistas of memory or dream. Anne Bennent, Hanna Schygulla (voices).