THE MAIDEN TOWER
Program notes cont'd:
After a number of upwards expansions, the daughter, finally satisfied with the height of the structure, climbs to the top of the tower and throws herself to her death.
The compactness of this story reminded me of both Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Because of my work with computer electronics and my dissertation topic (the electro-acoustic Synchronisms series by Mario Davidovsky), I wanted to incorporate the use of electronics into the opera. Because I wanted the use of electronics to be organic to the story, I revamped the tale to incorporate a computer into the drama. The main influences for this work include the ruthlessly efficient works Britten’s operatic masterpiece Turn of the Screw and Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat, and the stunning and glorious sound-world of Georges Aperghis’ Machinations.
Justine F. Chen
New York, NY
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JUSTINE F. CHEN
COMPOSER AND VIOLINIST
So thrilled to find out that my music will be featured this summer at Merola Opera and at Bowdoin International Music Festival!!
A new short film opera with Jackie Goldfinger and Resonance Works is in the works!! Stay Tuned!
Stay tuned for an encore presentation of my "to belong" from Melisa Tien's SWELL, hosted by Asian American Arts Alliance. June 22, 29, 2021 6-7:15 PM!
So thrilled to be showcased at OPERA America's BACKSTAGE BRUNCH on 4/17!!
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