Roukens, Joey

Joey Roukens (b. 1982) is an Amsterdam-based composer of contemporary classical music. He studied classical composition at Codarts University of the Arts and psychology at Leiden University. Since graduating in ...

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Angeli : for 5 female voices and 8 celli / Joey Roukens

Publisher's number: 16241
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Voice and instrument(s)
Scoring: zang 8vc
Remarks: Commissioned by Cello Biennale Amsterdam, with financial support of Fonds Podiumkunsten. Written for Cello Octet Amsterdam and Wishful Singing.
Duration: 20'00"
Number of players: 13
Year of composition: 2018
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Angeli is a piece written for eight cellos and five female voices (2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano and 2 altos), based on two texts (In Paradisum and Absolve Domine) taken from the Latin liturgy. I have always loved classical music of the sacred tradition, whether by Machaut, Josquin, Bach, Cherubini, Bruckner or Stravinsky, and in this piece I’ve tried to write my own kind of ‘sacred music’. Despite the texts coming from the Requiem Mass, it’s not a sad or dark piece. Rather, the character of the music is mostly serene, introverted and hopeful, since I wanted to emphasize the consoling nature of those texts. There is a middle section, though, where the music becomes highly energetic, even euphoric. In this piece I wanted to create a kind of imaginary or dreamed ‘early music’. Thus, the piece is full of echoes of old polyphonic styles and contrapuntal techniques, but at the same time one can clearly hear it's contemporary music, because of the strange, unpredictable harmonic twists and turns one won't find in any early music.

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