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Dylan Mattingly

Stranger Love, Act I: Scene 13 (excerpt)

Stranger Love is a 6-hour-long multimedia opera, scored for 28 musicians (including three microtonal pianos), 8 singers, and 6 dancers with music by composer Dylan Mattingly. An immersive experience, Stranger Love is a grand celebration of life itself. It follows two lovers whose romance unfolds to the rhythm of the seasons. Set on a vast time-scale against the ever-expanding universe, it broadens in scope and frame over the course of three acts, moving from the personal to the archetypical to a vision of the divine — a love supreme.

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The Bakkhai: Chorus 1

The Bakkhai is a large-scale work, inspired by my study of the lyrics and rhythmic structure of the choral odes in Euripides’ terrifying final play. The rhythm of my Bakkhai is drawn from the complex patterns of long and short syllables that constitute the meter of Euripides’ choral odes. The piece creates a kind of imaginary folk music, an offering of something true to the emotional content of the tragedy. This music is not what Euripides’ own music would have sounded like, but perhaps sheds some light on what his music would have felt like.

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