Paula Kremer & The Vancouver Cantata Singers - Icarus

from by Kristopher Fulton

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This piece was written at break neck speed over the course of 48 hours to meet a deadline. Up until 2 days before the commission was due, nothing was working, in every sense. The music was clumsy and the piece was way too long and complicated.

Finally, things started coming together. Years later, after much reflection, I find that some of the desperation to finish the work wove itself into the music. Icarus tells the story of the Greek myth of the same name in a series of musical ‘vignettes’ that move seamlessly from one to the next. The beginning should begin boldly and end humbly and should be thought of as a film with several ‘cut scenes’ in terms of scope and pace.


Icarus was boy destined to fall

Wondering at the sight of birds taking flight

And soaring far above the Earth.

Icarus dreams of flying, receives his wings made by his father and

Climbs up to the highest cliffs of his island prison and

Prepares to take flight.

Fly! Icarus the flying boy,

Screaming through the clouds above the Earth.

Icarus slows his flight over Earth far above the shores on his mainland home.

Deciding whether or not to land.

Reflecting, debating, will he leave his new home in the Heavens?

Icarus takes one last look at the Earth and turns back toward the sky.

Icarus the flying boy,

Screaming through the clouds and sky.

Icarus, flying higher with each moment, soars into the sky

And into the golden sun and falls…

… under his wings of wax.

– Kristopher Fulton 2007


from Kristopher Fulton: The Twilight Cities, released October 22, 2015



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Kristopher Fulton Vancouver, British Columbia

Kristopher Fulton is a Canadian composer known mostly for his use of intertextuality, specifically with reference to film and comic books, to create new and exciting works within the genre of contemporary classical music.

He also loves comic books.
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