'Cristallum Calvariam' was composed for the RNCM Sound Histories project - 5th July 2013.
Over 70 new works were written as responses to artefacts within the British Museum, to be performed in situe by performance students from the RNCM.
The work is for violin and voice - inspired by the Fake Aztec Crystal Skull (originally thought to be an ancient relic, but discovered to be a 19th century forgery, in recent years)
I wanted to create a sense of transparency and reflection, which, upon closer inspection, reveals fault lines and inclusions - as if looking into the crystal itself. The emerging of the voice from the violin sound is also intended as a reference to the 'forgery' of the skull - the sound appears to come from one instrument, but eventually is revealed as something else...
Many thanks to Heather Lowe and Emily Pettet for their performances.
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