Of Red Herrings, Wild Celery and Armed Men: the marginalia of little Symon
For trio, pre-recorded audio, live electronics and video. Written for and with Proximity.
Before his death in 1473, Symon le Breton left a book of music for his peer, composer Guillaume Du Fay. This piece explores what that book might have contained. The work is a quasi-documentary on the evolution and borrowing of a musical melody, tracing chronological manipulations and mutations. It explores the biography of a musical object, an unstable archaeological artefact, a threshold for intimacy and fantasy. In doing so, it traces human behaviours of borrowing and lineage-mapping.
Premiered by Proximity, Royal Northern College of Music, Feb 2020.