Mille Regretz (fache amoureuse)
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The Text and music for this work are adapted from Josquin des Prez’s (1450-1521) four-part chanson Mille Regretz. See this link to hear the original composition: Mille Regretz on Youtube.com.
All melodic materials of the new work and its text
setting are drawn directly from Josquin’s work, with some altered
note durations. The intent of the new piece is to create a
meditative “memory field” from coherent but rearranged
fragments of the Josquin composition, accompanied by computer-generated
sounds. The software instrument for this composition was created by the
composer specifically for this piece. In performance it listens
to the choir, analyzes what it hears, and synthesizes
accompaniment materials in response. All of the computer sound in the composition is created live in performance. Because of this live
interaction, the computer part sounds somewhat different every time the work is performed.