'SAMSON' (2016)

for soprano, viola and electronics

Duration: 6'

First performed at the Royal Northern College of Music 'Rosamond Prize' Concert in collaboration with the Manchester Writing School.
Winner of the Rosamond Prize 2016.

'Samson is a short piece based on the poem by the same name by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough. The voice takes on the role of a Biblical Delilah figure by acting as an alluring character at the outset with a growing intensity that leads to some more hostile moments later in the piece, as the motives of her actions become more apparent. The viola and electronics seek to create an underlying soundworld of the beautiful simplicity of the character at the beginning, which becomes tenser in accordance with the voice. The viola part is also present in the electronics to highlight the close relations between Samson and Delilah, which strays and converges.' ©G.E.M.2016

©Cover Image: 'SAMSON' by Grace-Evangeline Mason 2016