ONLY DARKNESS AND SHADOWS

for soprano and instrumental ensemble



This work was composed in 2003 , a commission of the Concertgebouw Bruges.
In 2004 this work was orchestrated for SOPRANO AND ORCHESTRA and 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.

SCORE/fragment





RECORDINGS

 (part I by Anu Komsi & Reval Ensemble)

 (part V by Anu Komsi & Reval Ensemble)

SCORE

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INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

for soprano and instrumental ensemble (10 musicians)
(Text by Triin Soomets)
commissioned by the Concertgebouw Bruges
(+/- 15’)
Instrumentation: soprano / fl, ob, cl, bsn / hn / pno / vln, vla, vlc, db
first performance: October 19, 2003 in Tallinn, Estonia
Anu Komsi, soprano
Reval Ensemble
cond. Risto Joost
recording: Radio Estonia







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