Ernst Toch was an influential and prolific Austrian composer of the 20th century. Fleeing Hitler he eventually settled in Los Angeles. The Geographical Fugue is. ABSTRACT: Ernst Toch’s “Geographical Fugue” was conceived of as a work for technological media, designed as a recording to be ‘performed’. Trin – i – dad and the big. Mis – sis – sip – pi and the. GEOGRAPHICAL FUGUE. Ernst Toch ORFEON UNIVERSITARIO. DE MALAGA.

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Fuge aus der Geographie (Toch, Ernst)

These impossibly high voices can also be read as a kind of audio analogue to amputated limbs, a signifier of some sort of both physical and metaphysical mutilation. This page was last edited on 1 Juneat The text English translation of all the parts consists of various permutations of the following lines:.

Flight out of Time: Indeed, the changes that affected the vowels upon increasing the playback speed stood at the forefront of his concerns, as he describes:. University of Chicago Press. Geoyraphical German text is as follows.


Compositions by Ernst Toch Choral compositions Fugues compositions. The phonograph soon became an essential tool in the investigation of phonetics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is written in strict fugal form, and consists of four voices, each enunciating various cities, countries and other geographical landmarks in true contrapuntal fashion.

As quoted in Castelnuovo-Tedesco The tail end of the subject cugue with Canada, then returns to Europe via the assonance Malaga, paired with Rimini and Brindisi. Scored for a mixed choir of soprano, alto, tenor and bass, the speakers enter in a T-A-S-B order, which by virtue of the vocal range of the performers naturally recreates the illusion of the interval of a fourth or fifth by which fugal entries are traditionally separated.


However, when the vowels move along both the front-back and the open-closed axes, which correspond to the first and second formants respectively, they tend to move from closed to open 9 to 1. Since much prosthetic technology was designed to replace lost physical capabilities, it relied on separating senses and abilities into functional categories, a process that geographkcal culminate in what Caroline A.

I chose to [explore] the spoken word, and let a four-part mixed chamber choir speak specifically determined rhythms, vowels, consonants, syllables and words, which by involving the mechanical possibilities of the recording increasing the tempo, and the resulting pitch height created a type of instrumental music, which leads the listener to forget that it originated from speaking.

Jenkin and Ewing This is an open access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. Inhe fled Germany, ending up in Hollywood, where he composed music for films in addition to a substantial body of fugeu, solo, and orchestral music. InAugustus Stroh created the automatic phonograph, which imitated the five cardinal vowels using rotating discs. As a cultural document, the fugue offers a wealth of information about Weimar Germany, geographidal affinities with political and artistic trends as well as the state of phonetic research.

ZGMTH – From Trinidad to Cyberspace: Reconsidering Ernst Toch’s “Geographical Fugue”

In his fugue, Toch gives pride of place to the Americas: University of California Press. Ford, Henry, and Samuel Crowther. The first counter subject features the Greek capital Athens, while the second counter subject includes the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Yokohama.


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The Elements of Experimental Phonetics. Euthanasia apoplexy Euthanasia apoplexy. As Toch wrote in his original program notes: His version involves recording himself for all four parts, filtering the spoken words through different electronic processes, and speeding the whole thing up to approximately double speed.

Premiered in at a Berlin-based festival dedicated to the incorporation of technology in music, a few years later the piece was transformed into a humorous showpiece spoken live by a-cappella choirs.

In almost all the geographic names, the vowel sound goes from open to closed, in which case intelligibility is well-preserved. The text is quite long and varied, and vowels feature prominently: Geoffrey Winthrop-Young and Michael Wutz. Jazz in Literature of ernet Weimar Republic.

Indeed, the origins of recording technology are intimately related to the history of physiology and disability itself. If we examine the syllable ordering of these different geographic names, as shown in Example 4, we can discern what appear to be a few motif-based considerations: The lightest jobs were again classified to discover how many of them required the use of full faculties, and we found that could be filled by legless men, 2, by one-legged men, 2 by armless men, by one-armed men, and 10 by blind men.

He won a number of composition awards in his youth, including the Frankfurt am Main Mozart prize in and the Leipzig-based Mendelssohn Stipendium in and