Dick Higgins - Storm Riders
  Year :   1982
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Horspeil
  Materials:   collage, voice
  Info :   unspecified





 
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  Storm Riders collages the first Moral Essay by Alexander Pope and my own poems from a set in which all the nouns and all the verbs begin with St, spoken by characters whose names begin with St . These St people are then referred to where all the nouns appear in Pope s original text, so that I have Alexander Pope talking about Harriet Beecher Stowe or Alfred Stieglitz or Igor Stravinsky and people whom obviously Pope could not have known. This substitution and interplay becomes a perfectly valid form of New Hörspiel, and yet it s absolutely maddening when I play these kinds of things to a composer, because the composer finds the musical implications are more or less minimal. The piece functions conceptually on a completely different plane from the one that composers are used to. - from an interview with Nicholas Zurbrugg, July 1993