TITLE: "Justice" by Roger Reynolds
SPEAKER: Roger Reynolds
EVENT DATE: 2001/11/30
RUNNING TIME: 50 minutes
Composer Roger Reynolds' operatic work "Justice," commissioned for the celebration of the Library's Bicentennial in 2000, was performed in the Great Hall of the Library's Jefferson Building. Written for actress, soprano, percussionist, multichannel computer sound and real-time surround sound, "Justice" is based on the Greek tragedy of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. The text was adapted from "Aeschylus and Euripides." All three performers-actress, soprano and percussionist - portray aspects of Clytemnestra's character as she contemplates her husband's return from the Trojan War and his subsequent death at her hand in retribution for the death of their daughter, Iphigenia.
Speaker Biography: Roger Reynolds has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for his string orchestra composition "Whispers Out of Time." In 1972 he founded the Center for Music Experiment (now the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts) at the University of California at San Diego, where he is currently a professor of music. Highly respected as a teacher, he has conducted master classes around the world and held visiting appointments at the University of Illinois, Yale University, Amherst College and the City University of New York. His works have been featured at many international festivals, and he counts among his commissions those from Lincoln Center, the BBC, the Los Angeles and Philadelphia orchestras, the British Arts Council, Radio France and Ircam. Reynolds' early interest in the spatial dimension of music led to his involvement with computer technology and has become a hallmark of his work. He prefers to work with natural sound that has been transformed in some way rather than with synthesized sound. The computer enables this transformation and allows the auditory experience to be shared with an audience.