the 12 other Disciples (2012)
Instrumentation: viola, accordion, piano, percussion, and delay pedal
Written for the twelve 12 12 Project
Michael Alexander Young, Conductor
“the 12 other Disciples” was written for the twelve 12 12 project at The Forge Camden, London on 12 December, 2012, directed by Nikki Franklin. I had chosen the title, based on the Last Supper from the Christian Faith, since the project focused on the number twelve, as the date is 12 days before the Christmas holiday. “the 12 other Disciples” quotes three familiar Roman Catholic liturgical chants throughout the piece: Kyrie XI, (A Modo I), Christus Factus est pro nobis (gradual in Mode 5), and ordinary Alleluia. The piece is not based on any of the individual apostles per se, but more of a celebrative spirit of the holiday for all the twelve artists involved in this project, as we are all “disciples” on our own spiritual journey. I decided to quote these particular chants, since I wanted to juxtapose its monophonic historical background into a modern contrapuntal setting, as this concert features all artistic styles and genres on the programme. I also added the delay pedal* at certain parts of the piece, in order to exhibit a sense of this ancient ritual combined in a contemporary composition. Moreover, “the 12 other Disciples” is a musical communal collaboration, embracing the vernacular folk-like aspect of composition with its sophisticated style of listening.