Villa Mors Chaconne
Work no. 54
The Villa Mors is an abandoned castle-like villa in Tourgeville, on the cold coast of France's Normandy region. Abandoned (or simply empty) vacation homes are a major feature of the region. Some used to belong to movie stars of the past. This one was built in 1905 and belonged to the Mors family, then-famous early pioneers of the in the automotive industry. The Mors automobile factory was eventually bought by Citroën, and few people remember Mors cars today. A very particular Google Street View shot, one of the earliest made for the project in Normandy, was the inspiration behind the title and some of the music. The piece is related in some ways to the Prince Street Chaconne, which was also inspired by photographs of an abandoned place where people once lived. At the time of composing the piece, I couldn't dream of ever visiting Tourgeville, but about a year later a very fortunate opportunity arose to do just that.
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