Phalanx (for Mixed Ensemble and Laptop)

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Phalanx (for Mixed Ensemble and Laptop)

20.00

Composed by Michael J Vince
For mixed ensemble and laptop
Duration of 6'55"

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Phalanx is named after the ancient Greek military formation, a unit known for its impenetrable form that relied on group cohesion.  The music represents this homogeneous structure by maintaining a constant pulse and utilizing similar motivic devices.  These musical gestures travel throughout each smaller instrumental grouping, but still maintain a single idea.  Though made up of individual parts, the piece functions as a unified device.  The spoken audio itself becomes an instrument, with each line cued through a laptop.  The text for these lines was written by the seventh century Greek poet Tyrtaeus: “Now of those, who dare, abiding one beside another, to advance to the close fray, and the foremost champions, fewer die, and they save the people in the rear; but in men that fear, all excellence is lost.  No one could ever in words go through those several ills, which befall a man, if he has been actuated by cowardice.  For 'tis grievous to wound in the rear the back of a flying man in hostile war.  Shameful too is a corpse lying low in the dust, wounded behind in the back by the point of a spear.”