lacrimosa

lacrimosa

10’ | choir SATB, organ, harmonium, celesta, live electronics

in july 2013, my sister Lieke suddenly died, and lacrimosa is a documentation of the process that followed: juxtaposing my own, sardonic, view of death with different perceptions of it in literature, film and music. As such, lacrimosa drifts through the poetry of e.e. cummings, the music of Nico, the philosophy of Camus & the films of Ingmar Bergman. lacrimosa is a piece that tries to find comfort in indecisiveness, resolution in disharmony and life in death. Central to this is the transformation of a single melody into different tones and genres, from church chant to song. lacrimosa was premiered by Neon – Koor voor Nieuwste Muziek as a part of the Amsterdams Requiem programme at Orgelpark, which also featured pieces by Tom Schipper, Brechtje van Dijk, Mathilde Wantenaar and César Lüttger.

premiere performance [Neon - Koor voor Nieuwste Muziek o.l.v. Fokko Oldenhuis; Gonny van der Maten, organ; Tom Dicke, harmonium, celesta; Rick van Veldhuizen, electronics]

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