On the Pear Day’s Eve

List of music

Chapter 1

It is a collage which is based on the Fugue in G-Minor by J.S.Bach. It is organ playing, feels sacred, and somehow lyrical at the same time. Behind there are two tracks of Shepard noise in different frequencies (higher and lower pitch). This noise creates a sensation of never-ending falling which might be associated with the state of initial chaos

Chapter 2

This collage is based on the G.F.Handel’s hymn “Thine be the glory” from the oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus”. It can be considered religious music; however, generally, in the time of Handel a lot of music was written for the church, so it is hard to say today, to which extent they belong to the religion, and to which – to art. I take it from the position of our future people – they probably have no idea, who was Christ. And yes, this composition is originally dedicated to Christ, see the lyrics:

Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
kept the folded grave-clothes where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conqu’ring Son;
endless is the vict’ry Thou o’er death hast won.

I don’t know, how religious you are, and how do you perceive such usage of music. I am not a religious person, but I respect religion deeply and hope you don’t see any mockery in using this hymn in the context of chapter 2. The hymn is overlapped with a doom jazz set, and a few random noises.

This track is generally pretty abundant and disturbing. I expect that together with your self-introduction (look up chapter 2 in the script and imagine it), as well as the game of throwing and catching pears, it might work well. Especially considering the delightfulness of the next track – supposedly, its harmony and beauty will be underlined, if you hear it after the chaotic pile of sounds.

Chapter 3

This is a tango by Alfred Schnittke with random noise in the background in a few places. He was an amazing composer, and this is an amazing piece of music. Dancing about gender and social stereotypes, after the chaotic disturbing game with pears, might produce a splendid effect of sudden aestheticism, and, moreover, suddenly something paradoxically human.

Chapter 4

It is basically metronome beat 100 bpm with some minor sound collage in the background. Here the audience rests, and you have a beat to follow, the game will be connected with it.

Chapter 5

This is a music piece by Julian Baryshnikov, it is called “Chora ‘Kagul'”, it is based on Moldavian folk music. I liked it because it is ethnic, but tender and unknown. It has also a clear beat, which would help us.

Chapter 6 doesn’t involve music.

Chapter 7

So, for chapter 7 we’ll try to go with this. It’s Henry Purcell, “The Cold Song” from “King Arthur”, performed by Klaus Nomi. It is the original version here without any additional noise. We’ll try to work with this, I will add some sound details later if it will be necessary.