Jacob David Sudol: Sing/Lose (2007)
For chamber orchestra (15 players)
Score available by request
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The title “Sing/Lose” refers to the two primary preoccupations in my music, and in this piece – as in all my music – I approach these preoccupations abstractly. For example, “Sing” does not refer literally to singing but to a lyricism in the phrases and timbres, as well as to an almost breath-like musical flow. Likewise, “Lose” does not refer to any specific loss but to Andrei Tarkovsky’s assertion that “the life force of music is materialized on the brink of its own total disappearance.” In this piece “Lose” refers to the eventual disintegration, decay, even death of the work’s organic material and form.
“Sing/Lose” was written for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the New Music Sessions at the 2007 Domaine Forget international music festival in northeastern Québec. I composed the piece during the summer of 2007, at the end of a three-year stay in Montréal. The piece is dedicated to all those who have been close to me during my sojourn in Montréal.
-Jacob David Sudol
July 24, 2007