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  Hamm

(for violinist-performance artist and piano)

                                                                                                                                        

Table of Contents

1. General Description

2. PDF Score

3. Audio Recording

 

1. General Description

 

A music theater work for acting violinist with text from Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. (17 minutes)  Premiere: Munich – Lehnbach Haus Galerie, March 1982.
 

The text for this work is taken from Samuel Beckett's play Endgame whose main character is named Hamm.  As with most Beckett works, Endgame can be interpreted in relation to Dante. Hamm is a vivid example of the intellectual pride that Dante saw as heresy and violence against God. A blind cripple, he violently expresses his contempt for all the hell surrounding him with the words, “Clear away this muck! Chuck it into the sea!”  In Canto XIII, the forest of suicides, Pier delle Vigne demonstrates the exact and legal-sounding language of a careful, methodical lawyer whose sense of logic and justice was so trampled upon that he could no longer bear it. Hamm’s world view is similar, but he maintains his dignity by refusing to end the game of life.

 

2. PDF Score

 

To download the PDF score click here.  (6 MB)

 

 

3. Audio Recording

 

William Bouton, violinist performance-artist

Leonore Hall, piano

Recorded by the Bayerischer Runkfunk at the Nacht der Experimentelle Musik, November 1983

 

To listen to an audio recording of the work click here.

 

To download the complete recording click here.  (MP3, 24MB)

 

 

 

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