Elektron Elohim: a cosmic oratorio for soloists, chamber choir, electric guitars and keyboard synthesisers

Ramacciotti, Paolo (2016) Elektron Elohim: a cosmic oratorio for soloists, chamber choir, electric guitars and keyboard synthesisers. Doctoral thesis, University of West London.

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Abstract

The doctoral composition concerned by this document is a contemporary oratorio of 95
minutes: it involves seven solo singers (two sopranos, a mezzo, two altos, a tenor and a
bass), a polyphonic chamber choir (divided in three to sixteen parts) and an electroacoustic
quartet of guitars and synthesisers.
The title refers to the otherworldly guardians of the Jewish canon (Tanakh) and speculates
on the energetic appearance of the Elohim, reflected by the timbral qualities of the
electronic instruments.
The narrative, built around four angelic characters (Seraphim) and a female earthling
counterpart, outlines in seven movements a fictional cosmogony, and the evolution of
human society overseen by astral mentors.
The libretto has been written on purpose by the composer himself, mostly in Italian:
some multi-linguistic fabrics blend poetry with Christian fragments in Greek and Latin.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: Music > Composition
Performing arts > Music concerts
Music
Depositing User: Marzena Dybkowska
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2016 10:41
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 11:35
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2961

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