How She Could Not Drive

How She Could Not Drive
Composer
Karen Siegel
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
Lydia Davis
Year Composed
2015
Pages
19
Minutes
8:15
Difficulty
5 (Challenging)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
Yes
Instruments
Fixed electronic track
Extended Techniques
No
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Sparse, distant, minimal; Tense, with some edge
Description

How She Could Not Drive was composed for C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective in 2015. Lydia Davis’ short story, which it sets, captures subtle variations on a sometimes anxiety- inducing situation, driving a car, in lyrical prose that elevates a mundane experience into something extraordinary. My setting of this story often evokes anxiety with sustained trills and off-set rhythms in the background, while the story fluidly unfolds in the foreground. Then there is the additional layer of the fixed audio track, in which highway sounds are heard sometimes naturalistically and at other times in rhythmicized form. Taken all together, the musical work aims to transform the text in a similar way as the text transforms the experience it relates.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgPO1dXNMzQ

Audio Credit
C4, conductor Tim Brown
Group
C4
Performances
C4: 2015 June 4 & 6 (10), cond. Brown (World Premiere)