aphonia (2019)

Dedication: Sonic Apricity

Duration: 10 minutes

Premiere: June 2019 | Sonic Apricity | Alba, Italy

Instrumentation: violin, viola (both musicians must vocalize)

Program Information:

Aphonia is the loss of ability to speak through disease or damage to the larynx or mouth. In this work, the violinist and violist are both asked to vocalize with atypical ‘singing’ techniques such as vocal fry, quasivoiced whispers, and tongue clicks. These sounds are also imitated in the instrumental colors of the piece using techniques that obscure the
pure tone of the natural instrument.

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