Sainte Victoire (2005)
by Scott Miller
Sainte Victoire, translated literally as Holy Victory, is a mountain in Provence. It became for Paul Cézanne a sweet obsession. Day after day, the painter tried to apprehend the ever-changing rhythms, colors, and lights of that imposing shape. With time, toward the very end of his life, he finally managed to capture the mystery of presence and the essence of the artist’s gaze. The voice in the poem invites us to enter and to explore with the musicians and composer a moving inner landscape.
–Notes by Philippe Costaglioli
Scott L. Miller is a composer described as ‘a true force on the avant-garde ambient scene’ and of ‘high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort’ (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for interactive electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his recent work experiments with virtual reality applications in live concert settings. Raba is his latest album of audiovisual (and VR) music, available on New Focus Recordings. Three-time McKnight Composer Fellow and Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S., his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Recordings of his music are available on New Focus Recordings, Panoramic, Innova, Eroica, CRS, rarescale and SEAMUS, and his music is published by ACA (American Composers Alliance), Tetractys, and Jeanné.
Miller is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music, and theory. He is Past-President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records. He holds degrees from The University of Minnesota, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta, and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.
Philippe Costaglioli, a native of Catalonia and Southern France, pursues his creative work in three languages as an author of poetry, short stories, and children’s books. He is a Professor of Film Studie sat St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. His poetry is published in France by Les Editions de L’Arriére-Pays and in Barcelona by Jardine de Sarmacanda.