Daniel Nass

Composer | Collaborator | Commentator

FUMEUX FUME

I came across the text for Fumeux Fume (Solage, 14th C.) while studying Renaissance music, and was immediately struck by the vivid imagery and wordplay. Because interpretation of the text led me to view the depicted character deep in thought, I sought to portray the course of his thought process. Starting with an initial thought (on a single pitch), and leading to more complex contemplations, the character alternates between moments of clarity and confusion, finally evaporating, himself, into a thoughtful haze.

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Fumeux Fume (University of North Carolina – Greensboro Chamber Singers; Welborn Young, conductor)