Daniel Biro ‘Soho Square’
Magic music tales written for Turning Worlds contemporary dance company
These pieces were originally written for Jane Turner’s Turning Worlds dance company. They were first performed in 1991 (Soho Square) and 1992 (Beauty and the Beast).
Soho Square describes a day in the life of a busy central-London square from dawn to dusk. Built around a symmetrical structure the piece opens with early morning urban noises before a heavy anvil beat annouces the initial orchestral build-up to the main theme. Having reached a peak, the music quietens to a central eye-of-the-storm calm, a midday meditation from which emerges a more lyrical piano-solo section. This leads to the final orchestral statement and the piece ends as it began with anvil and city rumbles.
The timeless fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast is the setting for the three main sections of this composition seperated by two bright ‘pop’ interplays. The duality between superficial ‘Beauty’, represented here by a never-ending melody, and the painful darkness of ‘The Beast’, symbolised by meandering chords and harmonic ambiguities, is finally resolved in ‘The Beauty and The Beast’ where oneness between melody and harmony is achieved .
Released June 1, 1993