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Music Text

Hölderlin; Claude Vivier; historical recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and from Robert Kennedy's assassination (G-imaginary language-E)


perc:BD/Balinese gong/Chinese gong/tam-t/t.bells/brake drums-strings(

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Boosey & Hawkes (Hendon Music)

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World Premiere
McGill University - Pollack Hall, Montréal, QC
Jocelyne Fleury, mezzo-soprano / McGill University / Serge Garant
Composer's Notes

A meditation on human suffering, this piece is intended as one long continuous melody. The music can be perceived from three different aspects: formal, melodic, or textual.
— Claude Vivier

Reproduction Rights:
This program note may be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with a credit to the composer.

Press Quotes

"...themes of conflict, disaster and hope, all framed by Vivier’s imaginative West-meets-East musical style and drawing on gamelan and Balinese influences in the instrumentation."

Recommended Recording

L'Ensemble de la SMCQ / Walter Boudreau
ATMA ACD 2 2252
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