Aryan Kaganof | 2005 | 12min 40sec. | video | South Africa |
My attitude is that the musical and the real worlds are one. Musicality is a dimension of perfectly ordinary reality. The musician’s pursuit is to recognize the musical composition of the world (rather as Shelley does in Prometheus Unbound). All playing can be seen as an extension of singing; the voice and its extensions represent the musical dimension of men, women, children and animals. According to some authorities smoking is an extension of thumbsucking; perhaps the fear of cancer will eventually drive us back to thumbsucking. Possibly in an ideal future us animals will revert to singing, and leave wood, glass, metal, stone etc. to find their own voices, free of our torturings. (I have heard tell of devices that amplify to the point of audibility the sounds spontaneously occurring in natural materials).
B Rec. 27 August 2004, Atrium, Wits University
C Robert Pickup (clarinet), Jill Richards (piano)
D Untitled was begun in August 2000 but largely completed in Cape Town the following summer. With a working title of Fast and Loud, a deliberate departure from previous works, it also turned into my most minimalist work up to then. It is largely concerned with surface and very little with traditional formal structures; its minimalist surface — finely graded variations of nuance and colour — belies the virtuosity required of both performers. Untitled was commissioned by SAMRO Endowment for the National Arts for Robert Pickup and Jill Richards to whom the piece is dedicated. The first performance was given by Robert Pickup (clarinet) and Jean-Jacques Dünki (piano) on 12 July 2002 in the Basílica Menor San Francisco de Asís, Havana (Cuba) during a tour by the Ensemble Opera Nova Zürich. It lasts about 19 minutes. (Michael Blake)