Published on May 2, 2012
"Elegy For A Stranger" is the first in a series of works that explore melodies as memes--musical ideas that are propagated through repetition--and how, through processes of variation and mutation, their meaning is altered.
Preserving only the core melodic and/or lyrical elements that provoke recognition, new and unexpected narratives emerge by transforming the structure and context of the original.
The composition is structured on symmetrical transformations (inversion, retrogression and transposition). A synchronized structural analysis of this work can be seen here:
For soprano, strings, harp and recorder choir.
Music by Emlyn Ellis Addison
Realized from "Yellow Submarine" written by The Beatles
Vocals by Kara Lund
Film footage courtesy of the Yorkshire Film Archive
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