dominickdiorio
conductor composer
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It Takes Your Breath Away

Solo Instrument, Sound Art

It Takes Your Breath Away Cover

work detail

instrumentation: English horn and fixed electronic media

completion date: november 2021

duration: 9 minutes

texts: Original Text “It Takes Your Breath Away” written and read by Margie McCreless Roe with additional readings by members of the Roe family.

events

3

KURT VONNEGUT @ 100: "THE VONNEGUT REQUIEM"

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

IU Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

4:00 pm

Originally commissioned by Susan Swaney and Voces Novae, The Vonnegut Requiem is an incredible collaboration between eight living composers (Cary Boyce, Stacy Garrop, Dale Trumbore, Gabriel Lubell, Malcolm Dalglish, Lauren Bernofsky, Don Freund and Moira Smiley) and created in the most Vonnegut-ty way in the spirit of his granfalloons. Come and hear the texts that KV wrote when he first experienced the Latin Requiem, and hear tradition kaleidoscopically distilled. Also featuring the annual student winners of the NOTUS Student Composition Contest.

program note

It Takes Your Breath Away is a dual celebration: expressing the creativity of Roger Roe, Margie McCreless Roe, and their family, while also expressing the relief that has come from an easing of our pandemic situation.

It is also a new creative venture for me, starting first from the recording of Margie’s own reading of her poem, moving to recorded improvisations at the piano, then to recorded improvisations by Roger on the English Horn, interweaving recorded excerpts of the poem by Roger and his family, and then finally creating a composed English Horn part to perform live above the recorded electronics part, edited and mixed with varying levels of reverberation and distortion. The recorded part is also placed into a time: June 2021, when the cicadas were singing their own song of relief after a long hibernation.

I dedicated this piece lovingly to my dear friend Roger and to his most remarkable family.

  • Dominick DiOrio, November 2021

text

It Takes Your Breath Away by Margie McCreless Roe

It is not one of those sacred encounters where you open your lungs and hold the air until you can hold it no longer –

the Grand Canyon, a full moon, a granddaughter's dance, distant thunder, Brahms' Requiem, Chartres.

It is a virus. It can take away your breath, your breathing, until, attached to an exotic bouquet, you receive the wind of a blessed breathing machine.

It is causing all of us to hold our breath in masks of white or grey or black or sometimes brilliant colors.

It is sucking the breath from our days.

But I know an old story where even the dust received breath and took on life under the trees of a garden.

Reprinted with permission.

information

events

3

KURT VONNEGUT @ 100: "THE VONNEGUT REQUIEM"

NOTUS, Dominick DiOrio

IU Jacobs School of Music - Auer Hall - Bloomington, Indiana

4:00 pm

Originally commissioned by Susan Swaney and Voces Novae, The Vonnegut Requiem is an incredible collaboration between eight living composers (Cary Boyce, Stacy Garrop, Dale Trumbore, Gabriel Lubell, Malcolm Dalglish, Lauren Bernofsky, Don Freund and Moira Smiley) and created in the most Vonnegut-ty way in the spirit of his granfalloons. Come and hear the texts that KV wrote when he first experienced the Latin Requiem, and hear tradition kaleidoscopically distilled. Also featuring the annual student winners of the NOTUS Student Composition Contest.


program note

It Takes Your Breath Away is a dual celebration: expressing the creativity of Roger Roe, Margie McCreless Roe, and their family, while also expressing the relief that has come from an easing of our pandemic situation.

It is also a new creative venture for me, starting first from the recording of Margie’s own reading of her poem, moving to recorded improvisations at the piano, then to recorded improvisations by Roger on the English Horn, interweaving recorded excerpts of the poem by Roger and his family, and then finally creating a composed English Horn part to perform live above the recorded electronics part, edited and mixed with varying levels of reverberation and distortion. The recorded part is also placed into a time: June 2021, when the cicadas were singing their own song of relief after a long hibernation.

I dedicated this piece lovingly to my dear friend Roger and to his most remarkable family.

  • Dominick DiOrio, November 2021

text

It Takes Your Breath Away by Margie McCreless Roe

It is not one of those sacred encounters where you open your lungs and hold the air until you can hold it no longer –

the Grand Canyon, a full moon, a granddaughter's dance, distant thunder, Brahms' Requiem, Chartres.

It is a virus. It can take away your breath, your breathing, until, attached to an exotic bouquet, you receive the wind of a blessed breathing machine.

It is causing all of us to hold our breath in masks of white or grey or black or sometimes brilliant colors.

It is sucking the breath from our days.

But I know an old story where even the dust received breath and took on life under the trees of a garden.

Reprinted with permission.


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