Radio Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra
& poet Astrid Lampe
Micha Hamel, conductor
October 10 2009
Muziekgebouw aan 't Ij, Amsterdam
Performance requires sound engineer and extra monitors for the musicians. Percussion requires amplification
No. 44 Verdichtingen (2009)
For Orchestra (2222,422,12-10-8-6-4,4 pc,pf,hp), opt. Narrator & Sinewaves
Written for the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Netherlands Music Days 2009
with texts by poet Astrid Lampe
Intended as a collaboration between composer, poet and orchestra, Verdichtingen was written in the summer of 2009 at the request of conductor Micha Hamel. The title of the work, untranslatable in English, is both content-derived ('the act of transforming something into poetry') as well as illustrative (matter 'merging', or coalescing).
When starting off the collaboration with poet Astrid Lampe we quickly decided to strive for a one-on-one relationship between text and music so that whatever occurred in the music would at all times be suggested by the content of the text and vice-versa. Under no circumstance was there to be any question of 'setting' a text. Text and music were thus conceived independently and were discussed exclusively on the basis of subject matter, textual density and poetic form. Eventually several topics emerged pertaining to density, direction, luminosity and so on. Once completed, the text was chopped up in time segments and divided over the score, to then be 'performed' in a similar way as the musicians would be performing their parts. In this way, 'the poet' naturally became 'a musician'.
As in all of my work, the music investigates specific relationships between 'microtonal reflection', time and perceived velocity. An important part in Verdichtingen is reserved for the percussion, which translates specific microtonal relationships to tempo.
In three sections, each lasting ca. 9', the work explores the gradual emergence of harmony, through the successive addition of octaves, fifths and finally thirds.
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