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Requiem for K.V.

for solo amplified voice and pre-recorded voices
or three sopranos
text by: Kurt Vonnegut
duration: 6 minutes

Commissioned by/Premiere:

Daisy Press, voice and prerecorded voices
New Music New Haven, Yale University, December 2007

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About the work:

Requiem for K.V. was composed in September 2007 and was very much inspired by my now fifteen-year-long relationship with the author of the text, as well as Daisy Press’s uncanny ability to make sonic landscapes out of a single voice. The recording here was made by soprano Christiana Little at Yale University’s Center for Studies in Music Technology.

Text:

When the last living thing
has died on account of us,
how poetical it would be
if Earth could say,
in a voice floating up
perhaps
from the floor
of the Grand Canyon,
“It is done.”
People did not like it here.
– Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) from A Man Without a Country