This project proposes to fund the creation of a work for string quartet and mezzosoprano of significant length (15-20 minutes). The project began with an idea to create a work that would complement American composer Jake Heggie’s “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire”.
This new work could be programmed both independently or alongside “Into the Fire” by Jake Heggie, bringing a different perspective, and perhaps representing a different take on Claudel (1864 – 1943) with a focus on the more uplifting or mysterious elements, outcomes, and influences of her existence. Like so many accomplished women, Claudel battled for acceptance not only of her free lifestyle, but also for recognition of her true stature in a male dominated artists’ world. It is known that Claudel had a friendship with Debussy and this is one element currently being explored, along with other Belle Epoque influences. Indeed, the Debussy string quartet has often been programmed alongside “Into the Fire”.
A major figure in the French Belle Epoque, sculptor Camille Claudel was a unique and powerful force, championing women’s roles in both society and the arts. Ultimately a tragic figure, this project proposes to consider the woman herself and her internal compass, reflecting on her genius, her inherent qualities as an artist and woman rather than the emotional struggles which seem to be embodied in her sculptures.
This collaboration will bring together the Flinders Quartet and mezzo-soprano Ashlyn Tymms in workshopping and presenting the world premiere performance of a significant new work by Melbourne-based composer Melody Eötvös.
Donations will go towards the composer and artists fees, workshopping, the premiere performance, and potentially assist with libretto development of the new work, depending on the level of funding received.
This commission will be a greatly needed addition to the string quartet and voice repertoire, and will celebrate the diversity and innovation in contemporary Australian music.
Thank you for your generosity in supporting new Australian music.