Zeynep Toraman
composition | film music | theory
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new, old and previously unexhibted [oboe, clarinet, cello and electronics] | 2019
    Premiered by ELISION Ensemble in Cambridge, MA
[Oboe: Peter Veale, Clarinet: Richard Haynes, Cello: Tyler J. Borden]

Here is another instance where I explore musical form as a form of repetition, this time with the dynamic profile of a short piano piece by Chopin, Prelude Op. 28 No.20 in C Minor, in mind: a tri-part structure built around three distinct occurrences of a (single/same) held chord.

In an attempt to link the two works I presented in the 2018-2019 HGNM season, I turn to a second Dostoevsky reference: Jalal Toufic points out that in The Double, people’s apathy towards the resemblance between Golyadkin and his double is coupled with their constant mistaking his double for him when the two of them are in different locations. (Vampires, 39) In other words, the stability of Golyadkin’s identity starts to slip away as his accountability extends infinitely.

Finally recalling these lines from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, in which Alice blurts out:

“You’re nothing but a pack of cards!”

and the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.