for pre-recorded actor’s voice, two sopranos, mezzo-soprano, masked alto flute, cello, percussion
SYNOPSIS: Joan of Arc is on the stake. In the breath before death, there is a flash of omniscience – a barrage of time, sound, and memory. As she comes in and out of consciousness, Time scans itself and replays events surrounding her life and death. The music of her divine visions envelops her. She hears the voice of an enemy, as chronicled in his war diary; she then remembers a song from her childhood. The divine visitor brings a message. The Chronicler yearns for Joan’s death. Suddenly, she is on trial, and condemned. The Chronicler recalls a humiliating defeat at the hands of “the Devil’s maid.” Joan recalls her capture. Now, the fire...she calls out for her Savior: Jésu won’t You come? There is only silence. She waits. In the haze, an answer, and a final breath.
for vocalizing percussion quartet, actor, soprano, mezzo-soprano, contralto
SYNOPSIS: Part One: In which the ingenious gentleman Alonso Quixano, on his deathbed, is haunted by the following memories: being infected with books and becoming the gallant knight Don Quixote, constructing his ladylove, saving a young shepherd boy, and being accosted by villagers. Part Two: Which relates memories of a medical exam, a narrow escape upon his trusty steed, his good friend Sancho, and a battle with a heartless giant. Part Three: Regarding a notable head wound hallucination, the unfortunate return of the young shepherd boy, and of the villagers who put this most noble Don Quixote in a cage. Part Four: In which the valiant Knight of La Mancha is visited by Death, is danced into humiliation, and battles for his life.