The Affectations of Butterflies
for Chamber Choir (SSAATTBB)
Monarch Butterflies are amoungst the most ambitious of insects. As a metaorganism, they migrate from southern Canada to central Mexico; a journey that lasts longer than that of the typical life span of a Monach. The eternal migration cycle the kaleidoscope act out exists through the relay race of lives lived by individual Monarchs. Influenced by this phenomenon, The Affectations of Butterflies is a sonic painting of the causes and effects each individual Monach has on the polyphonous metaorganism; displaying elements of both choas and generality.
Duration: Approx. 5'
Commissioned and Premiered by the BBC Singers, broadcast on BBC Radio 3.