Instrumentation: soprano, piano
Premiere: Performed by Elizabeth Hilliard and David Bremner at ICC10, 20th November 2014, Projects Arts Centre, Dublin.
The text I have used is an extract from an article written by the architect Le Corbusier. He discusses the balance between function and art; when construction becomes architecture.
For this I treated the text in two different ways: the descriptions of construction and function are treated with very direct and mechanical gestures. Then Le Corbusier describes the feelings that these constructions can create and the sense of art that we feel. For these moments I have allowed the music to break away from the constant rhythmic throb and generate new textures and melodies. The piece is then constructed from these two contrasting sections which represent the two sides to Le Corbusier’s discussion, each a vital element in the art that is architecture.
Photos by Daryl Feehely