Octopus

Octopus
Composer
Karen Siegel
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1980
Text
Compiled by Karen Siegel, from statements by Jessica Drake, Cathy Heller, Jessica Leeds, Summer Zervos, and Donald Trump From the following sources: CNN Politics, “These women have accused Trump of sexual harassment,” Max Blau, CNN Oct. 24, 2016 New York Times, “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately,” Megan Twohey and Michael Barbaro, Oct. 12, 2016 New York Times, “Transcript: Donald Trump’s Taped Comments About Women,” transcription by Penn Bullock, Oct. 8, 2016 US Weekly, “Adult Film Star Jessica Drake Becomes 11th Woman to Accuse Donald Trump of Sexual Misconduct,” Nicholas Hautman, Oct. 22, 2016
Year Composed
2018
Pages
11
Minutes
3:30
Difficulty
5 (Challenging)
Language
English
Voicing
4 part treble chorus
Divisi
No
Sacred or Secular
Secular
Mood
Rhythmic, with steady energy; Tense, with some edge
Description

Octopus sets the words of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault, and his hostile response, merged into a single narrative. The music alternates between driving rhythmic motives and polyphony, capturing the emotional complexity of these stories. Premiered by the trebles of C4, with conductor Erin Halpin, in 2019.

https://soundcloud.com/karensiegel/octopus

Group
C4
Performances
C4: 2019 April 30 (Voices Up!), cond. Halpin (World Premiere)