- Isabel Latorre
“Saint Witch” is the score that Isabel Latorre composed while editing the film “Witch’s Cradle” by Maya Deren (1943), a Ukrainian pioneer of experimental cinema. This silent movie, filmed with Marcel Duchamp at Manhattan’s “The Art of This Century” gallery, was never released. Therefore, “Saint Witch” is a dreamlike homage to this artist and to another barely known creator: Kassia (ninth-century poet and composer). Isabel begins with her melody “The Fallen Woman”, using modal and micro-tonal twists to develop a composition that, aided by electronics, expands like a spider’s web, while trying to maintain the medieval melody’s essence of spiritual renewal.
The visual edition and the music have been developed in the same process, reflecting Deren’s fascination with how conjurers were perceived in the Middle Ages, revealing a strong illusory, sensorial component.
As well as the score, the materials include:
- the video with the electronic track.
- electronics track with clapper.
By playing the two tracks synchronously, and listening to the second track with headphones, the saxophonist will be able to follow the score more easily.
At the beginning of the piece there are ten seconds until the saxophone enters, which is measured with eight clapping strokes. During the introduction, the clapper disappears, as an exact measurement should not be perceived and the beat may fluctuate. It returns to A and stays there until the end.
You can request the electronic parts by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.