The Womb of the Sea

Le Radeau de la Méduse, Théodore Géricault

For two voices (2007)

This piece was born from two main ideas. One was the intention of hearing, finding and enjoying musical aspects in ordinary speech, where phonemes, inflections and words comprise the aural/dramatic discourse. The other idea consisted in the transformation from a speech into musical elements by slowly modify phonemes and words’ rhythm.
The text is a passage from the book “oceano mare” by Alessandro Baricco. The chapter in this book was inspired from a verdict shipwreck occurred in 1816, when the French vessel, “La méduse”, collapsed 160 km from the Mauritania coast during a travel to Senegal.  This tragedy was immortalised in the painting “Le Radeau de la Méduse” by Théodore Géricault.

Voice: Begudí Barajas and Carla Acosta