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Dag in de Branding - George Crumb

Ancient Voices of Children

The 44th edition of the Dag in de Branding festival features American composers who were not afraid to follow their own path without compromise. You will hear works by George Crumb, Harry Partch, Pauline Oliveros, Morton Feldman, and James Tenney.

When George Crumb read poetry by Lorca for the first time, he felt a remarkable spiritual connection. In an interview, Crumb recalled that it, ‘evoked memories from a past life’.

The acquaintance had far-reaching consequences. Crumb devoted a large part of his work as a composer to setting Lorca’s poetry to music. With Ancient Voices of Children, Crumb wrote one of his most impressive homages to the Spanish poet: a song cycle for soprano, boy soprano, oboe, mandolin, harp, amplified piano, and three percussionists. This piece from 1970 makes extreme demands of the performers, especially the two singers who must test their limits in vocal acrobatics. Christian Carlsen conducts the piece with Keren Motseri as soloist.

conductor Christian Karlsen | mezzo-soprano Keren Motseri

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