Sciarrino at the Guggenheim

The image of the Solomon R. Guggenheim is a registered trademark of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Photo: David Heald©SRGF, NY.

In November 2012, Zara Lawler staged the US premiere of Italian composer’s Salvatore Sciarrino’s Il Cerchio Tagliato Dei Suoni for 4 flute soloists (Jayn Rosenfeld, Claire Chase, Eric Lamb, and Kelli Kathman) and 100 migrating flutists at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Il Cerchio Tagliato Dei Suoni (“Cutting the Circle of Sounds”) is a music and theatrical work that explores the spatial experience of music. The four soloists surround the audience, and create an accelerating swirl of sound.  The migranti (“migrating flutists”) progress through the audience, conjuring a constant forward flow of both music and people.  With a running time of about 70 minutes, and a total of 104 performers, the cumulative effect was an event not to be missed, conjuring aural and visual images of the “circularity of time and space.”

The performance of Il Cerchio Tagliato Dei Suoni was in conjunction with the Guggenheim exhibit of the black and white works of Pablo Picasso.  It took place in the Guggenheim’s spectacular spiral rotunda, enhancing the swirling of time and space around the audience.

 

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