WHEN WORDS CAN NO LONGER BE TRUSTED, CAN WE SAY IT WITH MUSIC?
Samuel Beckett’s enigmatic radio play Words and Music was brought to life for QMF by new music ensemble Kupka’s Piano.
Sloth, love, ageing and the meaninglessness of words themselves are explored in Beckett’s famously witty and self-conscious wordplay, with music by American minimalist Morton Feldman providing an eerie and often sarcastic counterpoint. ‘Music’ and ‘Words’ feature as actual characters whose relationship is an impossible one.
Words and Music was performed in the dark – preserving the sentiment of a radio play and aural aspects of theatre – and was followed by Feldman’s brilliant composition Why Patterns as a postlude.
Words and Music was presented by Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane City Council, Kupka’s Piano and the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.
This project had been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and Kupka’s Piano is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.