EQUINOX (1977) 45'
Subito Music Corp
chorus on tape for prologue only; tape available
Piano version available; 20 minute suite available
Comm. and prem: 10/13/77; Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra, Schubert Theater, Philadelphia, PA
Lynne Taylor-Corbett choreographer
Based on Hermann Hesse’s novel Narcissus and Goldmund, Equinox is set in the middle ages, the music evoking Gregorian chant.
The showpiece of last night's program was the New York premiere of Equinox...the music has bite and direction.
- New York Newsday
Taylor had the luxury of working with a commissioned score by Victoria Bond. The taped, echoing sound of Gregorian chant is startlingly juxtaposed with the live orchestra. In one scene, the timpani marks the inexorable advance of three masked death figures. Violins follow the plague-ridden crowd who run, but cannot escape. The total effect is spine-chilling. - The New York Post
A strong, probing work that provokes and disturbs as much as it entertains...a worthy addition to the repertory.