Four is a Cantata loosely based on the theme of the four seasons, traced through the life-cycle of a leaf, a collaboration between Billy Mills (text), and David Bremner (music).
The ensemble is Baroque flute, viola d’amore, soprano, double bass, harpsichord, piano, community choir and live electronics. It will take place sunrise to sunset on Friday November 9th 2018 at the Music Room in Christ Church Cathedral. The movements will be performed separately at 0730, 1030, 1330, and 1630.
Mills’ desire is for the text to embody the processes being described, so there’s no distinction between form and content; both music and text actually enact the subject matter of the poem. The music explores the idea of contour, the vague shape of a melody, as a way of displaying similarities, family resemblances, between overtly different manifestations. Thus the whole piece grows from initial material while keeping the same inherent substance…
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Odd, charming 1970 film featuring concert footage, interviews, and a masque called The Pirate and The Crystal Ball.
“If I could describe my songs I wouldn’t sing them” – Mile Heron
Wonderful settings of my poems by David, and great performances by Andreea and Liz.
Here are a few excerpts from my recent song-cycle of poetry by Billy Mills, Logical Fallacies. The performers are Andreea Banciu (viola) and Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano).
this song is not
the world is
this song is not
is always a poem
in a room
in a park
by a river
in another city
not the one I was born in
not the one I live in now
a city at war
All texts are from Lares/Manes (Shearsman Books, 2009) © Billy Mills
We’re planning to work on another project this year…
Paul Roe (clarinets) Elizabeth Hilliard (soprano)