Fergus Johnston – Sinfonia for String Octet and Electronics (World Premiere) @ New Music Dublin 2020
“Sinfonia” is a memorial wall in sound composed by Fergus Johnston ; it uses pitch material generated from all 1023 cyphered names of the children who died over the 36 year period between 1925 and 1960 in the Bon Secours Home in Tuam, Co Galway and the Bethany Home in Dublin.
‘The electronic manipulation of the music creates thin filaments of sound, sonic memories, which are distributed spatially around the listeners. The children, when alive, couldn’t have their voices heard, and their names were almost forgotten. Now let their names, cyphered into notes, sound out and surround us with their presence. Sounded together’ - Sinfonia.
Contempo Quartet & Friends
Notes: Not suitable for children