CURA (for voice, violin and cello)
"Cura—a personification of ‘care’, ‘concern’, ‘anxiety’, or ‘trouble’— from an ancient tale collected by the Roman grammarian Hyginus below. Music: about the simultaneous existence of care and concern in human & in every creation process... !
When crossing a shallow river, Cura spotted the bank’s muddy clay, gathered it up, and molded it into a figure. She then asked Jupiter, who was passing by, to breathe spirit into her freshly crafted work. The God readily obliged, yet became angry when Cura expressed her desire to name the animated figure after herself. Cura, Tellus (Earth) and Jupiter all wanted the new creature to be named after him or herself, so when Saturn came to act as a judge he decided: ‘Jupiter will take the soul after death, since he provided it, and Earth, since she provided the body, should receive the body. Since Cura first molded him, she will possess him as long as he is alive. But since there is a dispute over the name, he’ll be called homo, because he appears to have been made from humus, that is, the earth.’
That the word care also has concern within it, and the concept of the molding of a human being by both care and concern interested me. My piece is about the simultaneous existence of care and concern in every creation process.
I used the word ‘Cura,’ with its harsh beginning consonant and fluid vowels, as a tool to create these states of care and of concern, re-creating the transformations that occur during the molding process of creating something that feels to be alive."
Written for & Performed by:
Yuki Numata, violin
Jonathan Golove, cello
Esin Gunduz, voice
Commissioned by: Friends of Vienna, Inc.
Esin Gunduz, is a composer of contemporary music and vocal performer: