Erling Wold’s “unique, breathtaking, and thoroughly unflawed” (Progression Magazine) chamber opera, A Little Girl Dreams of Taking the Veil, has been released by MinMax. The CD is exclusively distributed by Starkland.
This work, by one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most dynamic composers, has been highly acclaimed. The San Francisco Chronicle writes that “what keeps it all together, finally, is Wold’s beautiful, moody score, a fluent succession of vivid dramatic strokes and gentle minimalist thrumming.” Progression Magazine finds that “the performers shine, the music provokes, the mind engages, and it gets a perfect rating.” And the San Francisco Bay Guardian comments that “Wold’s lovely score” provides “a beguiling evening.”
Little Girl is based on Max Ernst’s 1930s surrealist collage novel Rêve d’une Petit Fille Qui Voulut Entrer Au Carmel as translated into English by his wife Dorothea Tanning. The opera is adapted by Wold and poet Carla Harryman. Featuring Bay Area conductor Deirdre McClure and a seven-piece ensemble of flute, clarinet, horn, percussion, piano, viola and cello, this widely celebrated production has played to sold-out audiences in the Bay Area and Europe.
Using Victorian penny novel visual motifs and captions as the basis for its construction, Ernst’s book explores the non-rational but very real world of religious ecstasy and erotic desire. The opera interweaves the events of a little girl’s dream the night before she is about to enter a convent with a surrealist narrative about the circumstances surrounding the dream.
Wold, an eclectic composer whose teachers include Gerard Grisey, Robert Gross, Andrew Imbrie and John Chowning, has been hailed as “the Eric Satie of Berkeley surrealist/minimalist electro-artrock” by the Village Voice. His music has been performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and throughout Europe.
released October 8, 2002
Conducted by Deirdre McClure
Featuring: Laurie Amat, Rachel Wylie, Jim Cave, Ken Berry, Deborah Gwinn
Tod Brody flute/piccolo
Peter Josheff clarinet/bass clarinet
Erin Vang horn
Fred Morgan percussion
Marja Mutru piano/synthesizer
Ellen Ruth Rose viola
Hugh Livingston cello