Cyborg (excerpts)

by Ferran Cruixent

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'Cyborg' (2010) for symphonic orchestra. (excerpts)
Comissioned by the Staatskapelle Weimar.
Playing time: 24:00
Opus/Year: (2010)
Genre: Orchestral music
Premiere performance: 02.05.2010 / Weimar / D / Weimarhalle / Staatskapelle Weimar / Christoph Poppen (Cond.)
First perfomance(s): 07.11.2013 / Detroit / USA / Orchestra Hall / Detroit Symphony Orchestra / Leonard Slatkin (Cond.)
Score material available at Sikorski Music Publishers

Review:
“Cyborg” is a first composition by Ferran Cruixent, a Spanish composer, to be heard in the United States. He’s a relatively young guy. What he’s done, is write a piece where he wants to show how emerging technologies can be conjoined with what is a very traditional organization – the symphony orchestra. There are many, many unusual sounds that happen in this piece. The players are asked to speak. They are asked to sing. They are asked to play their instruments in unusual ways. But where the ‘cyborg’ implication comes from, meaning some form of creature that is part human; part machine, is that each orchestra member must download an MP3 file that the composer has created, and near the end of the piece, they all press their phones and it’s played back on the stage as we continue to play other things. So, he’s introducing a communications device into the orchestra, showing this way that technology combines with what we do. He calls it ‘cyber singing.’ It’s fascinating. The real thing that makes this amazing, is that he’s not coming over for the performance, but he’ll be watching it on the Internet from Spain. And to think about that – that the composer has the chance to hear his worked played for the first time in the United States by using the very technology he’s writing about. That’s extraordinary.
(Leonard Slatkin, conductor)

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released May 2, 2010
Composer: Ferran Cruixent
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin

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Ferran Cruixent Barcelona, Spain

The composer Ferran Cruixent was born in Barcelona. His oeuvre includes commissioned works for orchestra, chamber, solo and multimedia music, and are internationally performed around the world by numerous soloists, ensembles and orchestras and broadcasts over the radio, getting the best reviews. Since 2008 his works are published by Sikorski International Music Publishers in Hamburg (Germany). ... more

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