1982, orchestra (2,2,2,2, 4,2,3 hp, perc, str) and soloist
(on original instruments), composer, 29'
"Afterlife pulled us through Cope's imagined
rites of passage, exploring the realms of nonlinear time. The work
began with a single line in the strings which was reiterated and stretched
by the different phasing of the parts. The lines evolved in a circular
collision developing a sense of perpetual movement and gradual unfolding.
Perhaps the most unique quality of Cope's invention [new instrument]
is its versatility; housed within a hollowedout log is a nail harp,
a panpipe set, a voice resonator and a drum. The music was heightened
theatrically by Cope's realization as he bent over his log and voice
muffled, dislocated calls of life past. The music infused a wide vernacular
of musical styles, which were successfully integrated within Cope's
--Philip Collins, Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 11,