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"As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams" (1998-99)


  • Sound theatre - scenic on stage (in English)
    (Scenes from the 11th century Japan)
    Duration: 50 min.
    Text from diary of Lady Sarashina, Year 1008, Japan
    English translation: Ivan Morris, Penguin Classics Ed. 1975
    Libretto: Mari Mezei

    Cast:

    1 recitant (actress), 3 speakers: sopran, mezzo, bariton

    Orchestra:
    1 trombone alto (solo), 1 trombone cbass (solo), 3 cl (3. also bcl, cbcl), 1 sax., 1 sousaphon, 3 percussions, 9 strings: 3.0.2.2.2., 1 computer piano without player,
    Special instruments:
    trombone alto with double-bell, trombone contrabass with double-bell, sousaphon with light-module
    technique: multichannel harmoniser and sound-projection

  • Available version for theatre: recorded music on CD (instead of live ensemble)
    Live: recitant,3 speakers, speaking violoncello, 1 trombone alto, 1 trombone cbass (+sousaphon)
    Special instruments: trombone alto with double-bell, trombone contrabass with double-bell, sousaphon with light-module
    technique: multichannel harmoniser and sound-projection

    Commissioned by Donaueschingen Festival and Land Baden-Württemberg
    First performance: 1999 Oktober - Donaueschingen (Ensemble Varianti Stuttgart, Claire Bloom recitant, Mike Svoboda solo trombone, Gerard Buquet cbass trombone, cond. Manfred Schreier, director: Thea Brejzek)
    CD: col legno WWE 2CD 20075
    (Ensemble Varianti, cond. Manfred Schreier, recorded in Donaueschingen, 1999)
    Edition Ricordi  - performing material on hire (Sy 3458) BMC CD 138
    (UMZE Chamber Ensemble, Elisabeth Laurence, cond. Peter Eötvös, Budapest 2009)