The_Fall_of_Icarus_17th_century_Musée_Antoine_Vivenelfor bass flute, clarinet / bass clarinet, violin and cello. 9’20”. 2017.

Premiere performance May 19th, 2017. Le Laboratoire Cambridge.
Roberta Michel, bass flute; Carlos Cordiero, clarinet / bass clarinet; Jennifer Choi, violin; John Popham, cello.

Note:

Daedalus was commissioned by the wind quintet The City of Tomorrow as part of their series on nature, the mechanical and the apocalyptic. The myth of Daedalus fit perfectly within the ensemble’s theme of exploring the mechanical, industrial and technological. Who better than Daedalus to exemplify the roots of the technological spirit in Western culture?

I reworked and revised the quintet into a work for bass flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, violin and cello. Reworked for this new instrumentation, the techniques are drastically transposed and so the work became markedly different. But the inspiration and underlying speculations remain the same.