La Zebu Forte Overture
As composer in residence for SONAR during the 2008-2009 season, the director, Colin Sorgi, asked me to write a piece that fit the theme "Mozart Modern" for one of his upcoming programs. This work is based on the Magic Flute Overture, breaking down the themes and motives from that overture as well as the famous Queen of the Night aria, "Der Hölle Rache," and spinning them out of control. While the title seems to be nonsense, it is actually an anagram of "Zauberflöte." I'm sure that Mozart would have appreciated the humor in this work, even though the harmonic language is quite far removed from the Classical era.
Watch the premiere:
March 10, 2009, SONAR New Music Ensemble, Tong Chen conducting.
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