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E.A Abbott’s remarkable proto-science fiction novel of 1884, ‘Flatland’, imagines a two-dimensional world constituted only of flat shapes. How would this Euclidian hallucination work – he creates a brutally satirical social hierarchy based on the number of sides one has, and the regularity of those side – and what would happen when its inhabitants encountered a third, vertical, dimension, or the one- and two- dimensional nightmares of Line- and Pointland? This piece tries to embody this, both as sets of restrictions placed on musical materials (what makes music flat?) and as a structural narrative, exploring how dimensions might be introduced and withdrawn. I’m enormously grateful to the generosity of Peter Corcoran and Timothy Hill in supporting this piece and its first performance.  

Details

Year:
2014
Category:
Chamber Vocal (Unacc)
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Recordings:
Minutes:
10

Instrumentation

Alto
2
Bass
2
Soprano
2
Tenor
2

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