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Christopher Cerrone

How to Breathe Underwater

male voice, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, pre-recorded electronics (2011)
Duration5'
CommissionLoadbang Ensemble
PremiereFebruary 20, 2011; the Yale Club of New York City, New York, NY; the Loadbang Ensemble
Technical requirementsA MAC or PC laptop computer equipped with any multi-channel digital audio workstation (eg: Logic, ProTools, Digital Performer, Max/MSP, Ableton Live, etc) for audio playback
Stereo speakers (ideally equipped with subwoofers or strong bass response)
One dynamic microphone for the voice
Headphones for one player to follow click track
PublisherPSNY

Media

Program Note

How to Breathe Underwater is a portrait of depression. In the same way that composers of the 19th century wrote miniatures based on the figures of the Commedia Dell’arte, How to Breathe Underwater was inspired by a character in the Jonathan Franzen novel, Freedom. While reading the novel, I was struck by the character named Connie Monaghan. The author described her as having “no notion of wholeness—[she] was all depth and no breadth. When she was coloring, she got lost in saturating one or two areas with a felt-tip pen." This kind of singular obsession—the sense of being overwhelmed, and eventually drowned, inspired me to compose this piece. In fact, I initially called the piece “All Depth and No Breadth.” However, I decided that How to Breathe Underwater was a more appropriate title. In the end, I wanted to suggest optimism, not fatalism.

"Another highlight of the show was Loadbang’s performance of “How to Breathe Underwater,” a warm, moody piece by recent YSM alum Chris Cerrone. More than any other composer that evening, Cerrone made excellent use of Loadbang’s instrumentation (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and voice) with close, consonant tunings and softly marcato rhythms." (Soundrat Blog)

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