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Meredith Monk
1942 -
United States of America, NY
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M. Monk
Meredith Monk (22/11/1942), a female American composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, musical theater works, films and installations, from New York.
New York Requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1993
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:'phonemes', syllables with no specific meaning
Label(s):ECM Records 21589
ECM 4535392
New York Requiem is for solo voice and piano.
Entire pieces can grow from an old melody in her neatly kept notebooks: New York requiem came about after a friend, who often sang at AIDS-related memorial services, asked Monk for a piece. An eight-bar snlppet from her notebook fitted his voice and seemed emotionally appropriate. She declined to use the standard requiem text; though most of her music is vocal, she prefers 'phonemes', syllables with no specific meaning. 'Words point to a particular meaning,' she says, 'I like image or gesture that's evocative but which is more poetry of the senses. I'm trying to bypass discursive thought, which is verbal. I'm trying to get to an essential communication.'
Author:David Patrick Stearns