composer

Simons, Marijn

Simons was born in The Netherlands on December 29, 1982. Education: He studied violin with Prof. Saschko Gawriloff, composition with Daan Manneke and James MacMillan and conducting with Ed Spanjaard, Jean- ...

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composition

Vita Fugax : for cello / Marijn Simons

Publisher's number: 12867
Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Cello
Instruments: vc
Remarks: Opus 76.
Duration: 15'00"
Number of players: 1
Year of composition: 2013
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
Vita Fugax means “fleeting life”. It was originally composed for campanula (a kind of cello with additional 16 resonating strings) for the former principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic Georg Faust. The campanula version has extended improvised sections. The cello and viola versions are reduced to the concretely written out passages.

The opening movement Secret Societies is a social commentary on “behind closed doors” politics and silly conspiracy theories.
The second movement Futurology is based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress.
The third movement Christian Extremism is a statement against extremism (of any sort), which unfortunately is still too much a part of our present society.
The final movement’s title A Fairy Story comes from a quote by a man I hugely admire, namely Stephen Hawking: “A belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a fairy story for people afraid of death”. - Marijn Simons

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