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Blue Work


He Gives What He Likes

electroacoustic

Year:  1996   ·  Duration:  11m 12s

Year:  1996
Duration:  11m 12s

Composer:   Matthew Suttor

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About

In He Gives What He Likes, I explore musical ideas I heard in mbira music. He Gives What He Likes was composed for Columbia University's Music Department's centennial celebrations in 1996/97. The material is derived from a soundtrack I composed for a Theatre at Large production of King Lear in New Zealand August 1996. It is also featured in an hour-long tape piece for Pina Bausch's dance company at the Folkwang Hochschulle in Essen in 1998. He Gives What He Likes was realized at the Composition Studios at Auckland University and at the Computer Music Center at Columbia University in New York City.

I think of computer technology finessing a special relationship between a composer and his or her music through the privilege of being able to create a performance. In He Gives What He Likes, I let myself be seduced by performance impossibilities, while at the same time hoping to express musical ideas -- especially those I heard in mbira music -- that would seem evocative of an actual performance. He Gives What He Likes was composed for Columbia University's Music Department's centennial celebrations in 1996.

Matthew Suttor


Commissioned note

Commissioned for the Columbia University's Music Department's Centennial Celebrations in 1996


Performance history

25 Sep 1997: Realised at the International Computer Music Conference, Thessaloniki in Greece

13 Dec 1997: Realised at USA/Japan InterCollege Computer Music Festival at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

28 Apr 1998: Realised at Computer Music Festival, National University of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay

29 Nov 1998: Broadcast on RTQE: Trajectories (the walkthrough), WORT-FM 89.9, Madison, Wisconsin in USA

01 May 2001: Broadcast on 3CCC-FM 89.5 in Melbourne, Australia

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