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Selected Works

Illud Etiam (2012— …)

This piece (duration: 15 mn) was composed by Philippe Manoury for Juliana Snapper, and premiered by her (USA, California, San Diego, Space 4 Art, 2012/Oct/18) —  designed in collaboration with Miller Puckette (conception logiciels, synthèse et traitements sonores.)

About Illud etiam and the above film (2016), Philippe Manoury says :

“Composition pour soprano et électronique en temps réel écrite à San Diego (Californie) à l’intention de Juliana Snapper avec la collaboration de Miller Puckette. Les textes, en vieux français (Louise Labé) et en latin (Reginon de Prüm) traitent de la sorcellerie. La soliste incarne deux rôles : une sorcière et une inquisitrice.

À partir de la version originale, j’ai conçu un petit film avec la créatrice de l’œuvre, Juliana Snapper dans les rôles principaux. Tantôt en blonde, lorsqu’elle incarne la sorcière qui va être consumée par les flammes, tantôt en brune lorsqu’elle est l’inquisitrice, elle va manipuler la petite société qui est venue l’écouter chanter… jusqu’au spectateur qui ne se doute pas de la surprise finale !”

A repeat performance of Illud Etiam (press release)

Juliana Snapper during a repeat performance of Illud Etiam at San Diego, Space4Art (Oct 2012.)

“Snapper began Illud Etiam with her piercing soprano being directed into a microphone — not for amplification purposes, but to be channeled into Puckett's remarkable program which manipulated it into myriad contextual possibilities to appear at different intervals. (…)
Throughout it all was Snapper's unbelievably dexterous voice, which at times sounded like a theremin on steroids. When that voice was transformed into mocking choirs or reverberant wails, Snapper wove around those devices like a songbird. (…)
As constantly shifting electronic sounds orbited the room, Snapper leaned against a wall and used an i-phone to keep track of the text — proving that the last thing she needed was a microphone.”

San Diego Reader, 2012, Oct 19