Cancer Cycle - Full Score

Cancer Cycle - Full Score


27 Pages. Full conductor/sound effects score for Cancer Cycle. Does not include parts or audio track for performance (available for purchase in Music).

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Spencer's 2016 chamber piece for string quartet, piano, harp, and audio track accompanies the pre-recorded narration of a real, 19-year-old woman battling terminal cancer. Her story is supported by an intimate score full of hope, pain, and resilience - the musical instruments dance with each other and with her voice, sound effects from medical equipment interject and become one with the musical instruments - but all the sounds seem equally driven onward, fighting for life, aware that at any moment the cycle could just stop.

A recording of Cancer Cycle was presented as part of Vanderbilt Theater Lab’s Mass Cycle: A Meditation on Cancer March 25 and 26, 2016 at Vanderbilt University. Cancer Cycle was also performed live as part of the Interlochen Arts Academy production of Mass Cycle April 30 and May 25 the same year. The Cancer Cycle music was also performed live at Interlochen April 16 and May 25. A recording of this piece is featured in a short film of the same name, below.

This recording features Spencer Channell on Piano, Edward Manuel on Harp, Emera Gurath on Violin I, Kailee McGillis on Violin II, Claire Satchwell on Viola, and Sydney Maeker on Cello. The narrator wishes to remain anonymous.

Praise for Cancer Cycle:
“Absolutely breathtaking, heart-wrenching, powerful…this is one of the most moving, beautiful pieces I’ve ever listened to and will, no doubt, remain with me forever.”
“I was humbled and moved…those moments when you really see art marry life in an exquisitely innovative and true way are so rare. I feel emotionally raw right now.”
“I have never been affected so deeply…[it] made me physically visualize and feel as though I was in a machine in a hospital, and I’ve never even been a patient.”