for soprano and orchestra

This work for soprano and orchestra has originally been composed in 2003 for SOPRANO AND ENSEMBLE, a commission of the Concertgebouw Bruges.
In 2004 this work was orchestrated for winds, piano, percussion and string orchestra. 
In 2010 the composer made a version for SOPRANO AND PIANO.

The work contains five songs composed on Estonian poems by Triin Soomets which all evocate a different athmosphere.The whole songcycle is based on contrasting elements.

The first song ‘Only darkness and shadows...’ starts with a dark mysterious  and low sound, evolving to a coloristic almost spectral sound. A rhythmical ostinato ends this song.

The second song ‘I remain glittering in your eye...’ has a playful almost dance-like character.

The third song ‘For centuries...’ is an ironic almost cabaretlike song which has a repetitive musical structure.

The fourth song ‘Come to my grave...’ is a sarcastic, dark and sinister musical evocation.
In the second part of this song the athmosphere is becoming more introspective, ending with a chorale for the horn and the bassoon. This song ends with a descending lamento bass line.

The fifth song ‘And I am there...’ is an ethereal musical evocation where time and space are disappearing.

The work is based on very strict serial techniques to organize the musical material.


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for soprano and orchestra
(Text by Triin Soomets)
(transcription of the version for soprano and ensemble)
commissioned by the Beethoven Academie
(+/- 15’)
Instrumentation: soprano / 1, 1, 1, 1 / 1, 1, 1, 0 / perc (1 pl) / pno / strings
first performance: November 10, 2004 at de Singel in Antwerp (BE)
Beethoven Academie, cond. Tonu Kaljuste
Anu Komsi, soprano