IDÉE FIXE

YEAR

2008

 

INSTRUMENTATION

Narrator, Violin, Cello, Piano

 

DURATION

23 minutes

 

TEXT

Johnette Makamae Martin

 

MOVEMENTS

1. Whispers

2. The Green Pear

3. A Heart Just Healed

4. Our Secret Place

5. The Tears Once Stopped

6. Why

7. My One-Sided Live

8. Love in Inevitable

 

FIRST PERFORMANCE

May 1, 2008

Keane Ishii, narrator

Richard Lee, violin

Jeff Hamano, cello

Pavlina Nakalenova, piano

Honolulu, HI, USA

 

PROGRAM NOTE

The eight poems that comprise Idée Fixe are written by Johnette Makamae Martin. All of the poems are fixed on a single idea, a fanciful obsession of a lover never to be gained. Given the opportunity to set these poems in collaboration with the poet, I suggested setting these poems to song, which the poet did not like, and she suggested that the work be instrumental reflections, which I felt would be a disservice to not include any text. The final consensus was to set the poems in narration. This would keep the text spoken and not sung while allowing the music in the background and foreground to reflect the text. The poems range from long narratives to short haiku poems and express a wide range of mood changes synonymous with the emotions and thoughts one would have in an obsessive fantasy-like affair.

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