Laurence Osborn

  • Duration

    10 mins

  • Year of composition


  • Number of performers


  • First performance

    Gwilym Bowen,Joseph Havlat, Thomas Ang, and Ben Smith, Filthy Lucre: Lingua Ignota, Hackney Showroom

  • Commissioned by
    Filthy Lucre


ELITE is about the communal vocabularies constructed in so-called ‘high art’ cultural traditions, and their contribution to the annexation of these traditions. It is written both in disgust at the self-satisfied faux-grandiosity and opulence of the scene that we work in, and in recognition of the composer’s, performers’, and audiences’ complicity. ELITE includes three arias by Mozart, Purcell, and Monteverdi, whose texts and musical material have been mangled beyond recognition. All of the musical and textual vocabularies in this piece have been constructed from the dismembered parts of these arias.

Full Scoring:

Solo Tenor

2 Synthesisers

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