Samson, René

René Samson (1948-2019) was born in Paramaribo, the capital city of Surinam (former Dutch Guyana in South America). He grew up in a home where music (from classical music to ...

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The Darkling Thrush : Song cycle for mezzo-soprano (or contralto) and wind quintet / René Samson; on poems by Dyer, Whitman, Jeffers and Hardy

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Scoring: zang fl ob cl h fg

Sonata : no. 1, fluit en piano, (1930) / Piet Ketting

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Affairs II : for recorder (piccolo) and harpsichord, 1963 / Will Eisma

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Subgenre: Mixed ensemble (2-11 players); Flute and keyboard instrument; Recorder and keyboard instrument
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Sight seeing : nrs. I-II-III, for flute and prepared piano, 1969, (rev. 1983) / Joep Straesser

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Butternut Squash Za'atar : for flute and piano / René Samson

Publisher's number: 15302
Genre: Chamber music
Subgenre: Flute and keyboard instrument
Scoring: fl pf
Duration: 10'30"
Number of players: 2
Year of composition: 2015
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

About the title of this piece: I am very lucky to have a partner in life who is not only a gifted photographer and graphic designer, but also a professional musician with whom I can share my thoughts, ideas and doubts about my activities as a composer. She always wants to know what I'm "up to" and it's a great pleasure and privilege for me to have her as a sparring partner. When she asked me what this new piece is going to be about, I told her that it would be a Variation Form based on the singularly interesting theme of one single note: a "b" in the first octave of the flute. The piece would start with this note; subsequently, very gradually, short melodic motives would then emerge from this starting point. After giving this some thought, she came forward with an image that I found interesting.
She and I and four dear friends had just returned from a gastronomical "pilgrimage" to London in which we sampled three out of four of Ottolenghi's restaurants in London. For the odd chance that the reader might not know who or what Ottolenghi is: Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi are two Israelis - the former Jewish, the latter Palestinian - who have pioneered a new style of cooking that has recently become incredibly popular. In my group of friends, we all adore this cuisine, to the point of (or beyond) it becoming a minor (but hopefully relatively harmless) cult.
To return to my partner's interesting image: this slow musical development from a solitary b1 to ever more widely-ranging melodic motives reminded her of the way some of the dishes we had eaten in Ottolenghi's restaurants would communicate themselves to the taste buds: one-by-one certain herbal overtones would fill the palate until finally the full bouquet would form a full-fledged harmonic confluence.
I found this an inspirational concept. It comes back in the title of the piece, in the front cover of the score, which was designed by my partner (Annelies Kok-van Leengoed) and in the development and atmosphere of the piece itself.
René Samson, Amsterdam June 2015

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