De profundis (for voices and piano)
For Mixed Ensembles
Uploaded on Oct 14, 2018
'De profundis' is a kind of part song with piano accompaniment. It is based on a poem by Marnix Niemeijer from his collection of poems 'Opname van opzij' (2017).
The first performance was on Saturday 1 December at the opening of the exhibition 'Mensenkind' in Huis Kernhem (Ede) with drawings by Marcel Verbrugge, also based on these poems.
Although the title suggests references to Psalm 130, it is a secular piece. The poem deals, like the whole cycle, with the theme of psychosis. With musical figures like ascending and descending lines, diffusing pulse and tonality I tried to create an unstable and towards the end an even threatening musical atmosphere that alludes to the state of psychosis.
The English translation of the Dutch text reads as follows:
"Love comes before death. But for whom, for what.
You have to go to the bottom, by blood and bones
not deterred. Ignorant of a togetherness.
You go through all that, an inclining flat that ends at the bottom.
Do you see the willows on either side, with duckweed behind it?
You can walk on, you say, but do not stand still, do not look.
The performers of the first performance were:
Hannah Hoogland and Geke Niemeijer, sopranos
Maartje Gerkema and Jolanda Brus, altos
Arend Sprong and Bert Vos, tenors
Freddy Gerkema and Klaas Mol, basses
Margret Spelt, piano
Jan-Willem van Ree, conductor
|Part names||Oboe, Clarinet, Trombone, Bassoon, Piano|
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