• Emily Howard
  • Ada sketches (2011)
    (for mezzo-soprano, flute, clarinet and percussion)

  • Peters Edition Limited (World)

Commissioned by Soundings at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.

  • Mz +
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • 7 min
  • Laura Tunbridge
  • English

Programme Note

In this short dramatic scena, Lovelace explores a mathematical equation as solved by Charles Babbage's hypothetical 1842 Analytical Engine, a prototype for the world's first computer. As she works, a musical solution to the equation gains a life of its own, causing Lovelace to contemplate her own position in history.


Emily Howard, 2023


Film of the Barbican Life Rewired Performance (2019) Performed by Marta Fontanals-Simmons and Britten Sinfonia conducted by William Cole.
Ada sketches: Emily Howard in conversation with Andrew McGregor




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