Panoramic scores

Sheet Music (2013) image by Jobina Tinnemans, Cambridge University Press Tempo Magazine, June 2021

Sculptural sheet music is a strand in my work that explores what is ’sheet music’, as well as what is a ‘page’ and what is ‘turning‘ to which panoramic scores fit in.

These pieces cross-pollinate composition with design and panoramic scores reimagine sheet music as metres-wide performative graphic notations, inspired by immersive landscapes, are designed to be on a Christo-esque scale, running through the performance space, the performers moving to read their parts.

Panoramic Scores

development of IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar

My panoramic scores reimagine sheet music as a sculptural medium. These metres-wide performative graphic notations, inspired by immersive landscapes, are designed to be on a Christo-esque scale, running through the performance space, the performers moving to read their parts. The single line described by a path through a landscape is experienced differently each time it is traversed. In these works sounds drift in and out of earshot, and, like a country path, the score reads in both forwards and reverse, or to the East and West.

IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar

for four mobile instruments and 23 meter long panoramic score

IMAGIRO Landmannalugar (2017) performed by ensemble Synaesthesis in Vilnius, Lithuania

From a single movement, a single plane, harmonies unfold, like origami. In a same way a choreography unfolds as the performing musicians move through the space playing their parts.

Commissioned by DAR DAR Lithuania for ensemble Synaesthesis

rolling up 23 metres of paper score when a storm is brewing

I love the sheer physicality of making this work, such a change from moving my fingers on a laptop keyboard all day. It felt right to struggle with a heavy roll of paper larger than me and with brush strokes I needed to walk to finish, to trust my intuition and feel the music I had in my mind through my entire body.

testing out brush sizes and lines

Downs #1
Central (2018)

for mobile musicians, singers with tune pipes, footsteps, a choreographed ground plan and 48 metres panoramic score

A very stylised and choreographed production where each performer in turn reaches a timed segment within the score, setting the pace of the performance.

Caponier (2018)

for mobile instruments, singers, footsteps, free newspapers, a crowd, choreographed ground plan and 26 metres panoramic score

Inspired by the London underground rush hour, this piece was performed amongst a crowd, the audience, in the underground tunnel of Newhaven Fort.

Maria Marzaioli assisting in setting up Central at Fort Process Festival, Fort Newhaven. Photo Agata Urbaniak
Caponier performance in the underground tunnel of Fort Newhaven, photo Agata Urbaniak

IMAGIRO Landmannalugar (2017) performed by ensemble Synaesthesis in Vilnius, Lithuania
Snaefelsness #2

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