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  • 2(II:pic).2(II:ca).2(II:bcl).2(II:cbn)/2.2(I:pictpt).1.1/timp.2perc(cel)/hp/str
  • 20 min
    • 18th April 2024, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY, United States of America
    • 20th April 2024, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NY, United States of America
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Programme Note

Composer note
Eye of Mnemosyne is a seven-movement multimedia orchestral work that explores memory as a deity while illuminating the advent and influence of George Eastman's Kodak and its lens of nostalgia. In this narrative, videographer Deborah Johnson and I reimagine George Eastman as a vessel of the Greek Goddess of Memory, Mnemosyne, and focus on the essential role that women — the Kodak Girls — played in Kodak's success in advertising and film processing. Here the Kodak Girls are presented as descendants of Mnemosyne, muses who influenced and inspired how Americans began to arrange, capture, and experience their lives’ recollections using the instrument of the camera and the power of the snapshot.

— Sarah Kirkland Snider

Movements
I.             Mnemonic
II.            Mori (Memory of the Dead)
III.           Vivere (Power of the Snapshot)
IV.           Memento (Defense Against Time)
V.            Nostos (War Story)
VI.           Ephemera (Fragmented Memory)
VII.          Psyche/Epilogue: (Legacy/Spirit)

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