Percussion supremo Corey Rae performs Juliet Palmer's provocative The Truth and The Truth.
The University of Auckland Music Theatre, School of Music, Friday 6 March, 2015
"Exploring the traditions of military drumming as a form of signaling and communication, I began to look at how messages about war in our own time are shared and/or withheld. I learned in my research that prior to army ambulances in 1850, it was the musicians who collected the wounded and corpses from the battlefield. Those least responsible for the violence were the ones most intimately acquainted with its effects. The snare drum part is based on speech rhythms and military drumming technique.
Three voices run through this work. Each speaks to the slippery nature of the truth:
Barbara Bush’s comments during the build-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 show both distaste for the sensationalism of wartime journalism and a desire to remain ignorant of suffering. Roosevelt’s gem concerning the manipulation of the truth is delivered through a process of extreme musical and textual repetition by the performer. I hope that Saint John’s words cut to the heart of the matter: in facing the truth, no matter how ugly or repugnant, we find our liberation." - Juliet Palmer
Three quotations from Franklin D. Roosevelt, Barbara Bush and Saint John the Apostle.
Commissioned by Morris Palter with funding from the Toronto Arts Council