Juliet November TangoMäntyjärvi Jaakko
This piece was predicated on a simple structural challenge: whether it would be possible to tell a story using nothing but the NATO alphabet. There is clearly potential there for drama, as there is only one woman (Juliet) bet several men (Charlie, Mike, Oscar, Victor and, happily, Romeo). Potential settings are limited to Québec, India and Lima, and the choice of airline and hotel is rather severely restricted (Delta). I soon found I had to add single-digit numbers to the mix to have any chance of coming up with a libretto, such as it is, mainly to be able to use 2 and 4 to stand in for ‘to’ and ‘for’, respectively. Why a tango, then? Because a tango is always an option, especially with a love story, even one as elliptically expressed as this one.
The names ‘Delta Air Lines’, ‘Delta Hotels’, ‘(Ford) Sierra’ and ‘Alfa-Romeo’ are the property of their respective trademark owners, and allusions to them in this piece are purely for satirical purposes.
Year of composition 2016. Duration 4′
Commissioned by the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music, Barcelona 2017.
|Text author||Mäntyjärvi Jaakko|
|Opening words||November, Quebec, Romeo, Juliet. 1 echo Romeo...|
|Music Style||Contemporary / Modern , Humour|