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ANIMA

Philip Venables (1979)

ANIMA 2006

1111 - 1110 - perc(1) - piano - 11111
Duration 
9
Commissioner 
Publisher 

ANIMA came about from many different ideas, influences and inputs while it was being composed. The first were some striking photographic images by the Brazilian artist Fagner Bibiano, depicting faceless human forms in vulnerable, fearful or exposed poses in banal, surreal surroundings, often with their identifying features and faces obscured.

It is from this series of images that the piece gets its name. These images came to my attention through research for my first opera, which is currently being written with the librettist Ross Bowman. It too is an exploration, through an everyday family an absurd, surreal situation, of conflict, fear and vulnerability. You could say that this piece is a ‘prologue’ to the opera, although none of the music is actually the same.

Finally, I stole scraps of words from the Anima Christi catholic prayer, which apart from some reasonably visceral words, doesn’t have anything to do with the opera or Fagner’s images, but I liked them. Somehow they make a connection.

ANIMA was commissioned by Ensemble 10/10 (the contemporary music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) as part of their 10th anniversary season.

ANIMA was first performed in the Concert Room in St George’s Hall, Liverpool, on Wednesday 19th November 2008 by Ensemble 10/10, conducted by Clark Rundell.

Philip Venables

Performances 
19.11.08 St George's Hall, Liverpool: Ensemble 10-10 / Clark Rundell
21.11.14 venue unknown: The Chimera Ensemble / James Whittle
1
Flute
1
Oboe
cor anglais
1
Clarinet
bass clarinet doubling clarinet
1
Bassoon
doubling contrabassoon
1
Horn
1
Trumpet
1
Trombone
1
Percussion
1
Violin
1
Violin II
1
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double bass
1
Piano
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