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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.

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