SONGS OF NATURE

Music theatre production with Händel's 'Neun Deutsche Ariën' and new work by Wim Henderickx,
for soprano, traverso flute, bassoon, archlute, violin, viola and violone
Director Shuang Zou



Wim Henderickx was commissioned to compose new work for SONGS OF NATURE, a music theatre production by B'Rock Orchestra and Muziektheater Transparant in 2019.

In this production, Haendel's 'Neun Deutsche Ariën' are interspersed with brand new compositions for baroque ensemble, a contemporary answer to Händel’s songs, composed for traverso flute, bassoon, archlute, violin, viola and violone.

The new composition consists of 4 parts:

            Sweet Silence

introspective, starting from a solo melody in the traverso flute and gradually exploring different instrumental textures with various combinations in the ensemble

            Into the Darkness (De Profundis)

a vivid, and yet dark atmosphere, inspired by the motoric and rhythmic character of the
baroque music. This is interrupted by slow, colorful passages.

            Into the Light and Joy

high open chords as a representation of the light, interspersed with leggiero-like parts as an hommage to nature.

            Enchanting Emptiness

timeless music, written without bar-lines or strict synchronization between the players.
A spiritual reflection.




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Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)





INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

Songs of Nature (2019)
Music theatre production with Handel's 'Neun Deutsche Ariën' and new work by Wim Henderickx
for soprano, traverso flute, bassoon, archlute, violin, viola and violone
commissioned by B'Rock Orchestra and Muziektheater Transparant
World premiere: 28th May, 2020 (postponed due to Corona crisis)
Operadagen Rotterdam (NL)
by Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
B'Rock Orchestra
Shuang Zou, mise-en-espace
Dan Potra, scenography






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