The inspiration for Vous l’Inaccessible came to me years before the piece was actually written. I first heard the Medieval virelai Douce Dame Jolie in an introductory music history class at Ohio University. I was immediately taken by the beauty of the vocal melody and within months became fascinated with the idea of doing a modern setting of the melody. I included a separate text that is recited at the end of the piece, and acts as a contemporary take on the idea of unattainable love.
The end result is a piece containing three layers of evolution: 1. Electronic accompaniment as opposed to the traditional acoustic accompaniment, 2. Evolution of singing style from chant-like to a quotation of the melody followed by deconstruction of the melody into fragmented distortions of the melody, and 3. The juxtaposition of the Medieval text with an original text of the same theme.
Jon Fielder is a composer of electroacoustic and acoustic music, all of which shows a strong interest in timbre, texture, spatialization and narrative. His music is often inspired by his love of natural landscapes, such as the echoing of the Ohio River valley and the windy flatland of Northwest Ohio. He also draws inspiration from his interest in various topics of science and mathematics (chemical reactions, psychopharmacology, Markov chains), from manipulations of the human voice - both spoken and sung - and from literature.
Jon's music has been featured at the SEAMUS conference (2013), the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Electronic Music Midwest, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the CEMIcircles Festival, the 2012 IDRS Conference, the Northern Ohio Music Exchange (NOMA) concert at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Olmsted Festival of the Arts, and inclusion in the Alex Sramek call for scores for the Voxnovus 15-Minutes of Fame series. Jon was also the first recipient of the Mark Phillips Distinguished Professor award for composition in 2009 (Ohio University).
Jon is active as a researcher and music theorist, his primary topics of interest being music of the New Complexity school (particularly Franklin Cox and Brian Ferneyhough) and post-1945 Darmstadt composers, namely Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Jon received a M.M. degree in composition from Bowling Green State University, and B.M. degrees in both composition and theory from Ohio University. He is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in composition at the University of Texas-Austin under the study of Russell Pinkston and Donald Grantham. Previous composition instructors include Elainie Lillios, Mikel Kuehn, Franklin Cox, Mark Phillips and Christopher Dietz.
Performer Biographical Sketch
Soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett specializes in contemporary vocal literature and project-based performances that integrate classical music into modern social contexts. She is a member of Ensemble dal niente (Chicago) and Aetherplough (Omaha), and is a co-founder of the Color Field Ensemble (New York), Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble (New York), and Ars Cantus Antiquitas (Omaha).
Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Ms. DeBoer moved to Chicago to study at DePaul University where she received a Bachelor of Music. She received a Masters degree from the University at Buffalo, where she studied with acclaimed contemporary interpreter Tony Arnold, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Bowling Green State University, where she worked with Dr. Jane Rodgers. She currently lives in Omaha, NE and teaches voice at Iowa Western. Along with her work as a performer, Ms. DeBoer regularly produces, curates, and presents concerts and festivals around the country. She is indebted to the inspiring grass-roots classical music movement that is taking hold, and hopes to contribute to the continued development of the North American contemporary music community.