“I’m going to write you a piece so soft, I don’t care if no one can hear it. And I want to be the first.” Michael Gordon’s response to what to Monica Germino was drastic news —having to protect her hearing by stopping or adapting how she played the violin — was one of optimism and curiosity.
Inspired by Germino’s courage and determination, four of the world’s leading composers - Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe and David Lang (co-founders of Bang on a Can) - have embarked on a collaborative composition, joining forces to create “the quietest violin piece ever written.” Shortly after making this commitment to Germino, they invited Louis Andriessen to join in the experiment, fulfilling a long-held wish to collaborate. Gordon is fascinated by a quieter world, as are Wolfe and Lang. Their collective composition, MUTED, features what Germino calls ‘whisperviolin’ (fluisterviool), and will skirt the limits of audibility for solo violin and voice. MUTED also includes a part for Monica’s singing voice (in settings of texts from the 1930’s New York Post cult column Archy and Mehitabel.) The piece has been commissioned by a prestigious international consortium of presenters, produced by de Doelen, Rotterdam, and receives its world première on 8 June 2018 at the Netherlands’ Oranjewoud Festival as part of Leeuwarden’s 2018 Cultural Capital of Europe programme.
MUTED will not only take audiences to the thresholds of perceptible sound, it will also be intensely theatrical and conceived for small groups of listeners in intimate, magical spaces. MUTED may owe its origins to four composers paying tribute to the determination of a single musician, but it also forms a reflection on silence, on the act of listening, an antidote to the noise and the ever-increasing clamour of today’s world.
Artists and performers
L. Andriessen, M. Gordon, J. Wolfe en D. Lang - Muted
€ 17,50 (excl. stack discount)
Up to and including 18 years € 2,50
MUTED is een project dat is geïnitieerd door De Doelen Rotterdam (uitvoerend producent), New York Philharmonic Orchestra (New York), Oranjewoud Festival (Oranjewoud), Music on Main (Vancouver) en Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.