soprano saxophone & choir SATB 21′
Ties Mellema, Fokko Oldenhuis & Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij
Ties Mellema, Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij, Fokko Oldenhuis conductor, TivoliVredenburg Hertz, Utrecht, the Netherlands, 31st of March 2016
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My friend Ties Mellema approaches me after the 2015 summer asking me if I would be interested in writing for his concerts in april 2016 with the Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij.
An exciting thought: I have not composed a lot for choir whereas it is one of my most beloved ensembles and the combination with a solo wind instrument is challenging.
I choose the ‘Rimas’ by Gustavo Bécquer (1836 – 1870) as text: rich poetry full of images from the Spanish (post-)Romanticism, by an andalusian poet who wrote this tresor full of ‘rhymes’ in his short and tragical life, one of the highlights of Spanish literature. Other composers like Albeniz, Turina and Mompou set some of these rhymes to music before me. But this is the first setting for choir that I know of.
I choose five for me very precious Rimas, all of them not too long (in concert order):
53 (No) Volverán – they will (not) return -, maybe the most beautiful and well-known of all, speaking three times of great melancholy
9 El Sauce – the willow – on among other things a willow next to the river; I was born and raised next to a river and again living in the dutch ‘River Country’
86 La Pureza, – the pureness – on the fragility of pure beauty
96 El Candíl – the candle – on the search for a heavenly light
93 A Elisa – to Elisa – a burning love poem and an artistic credo
In the choral parts solo passages are included for a solo soprano, alto, tenor and baritone voice.
The ‘Rimas’ are dedicated to Ties Mellema, the Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij and its conductor Fokko Oldenhuis and were premiered on the 31st March 2016 at Utrecht Vredenburg Hertz Hall.
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