composer

Raasakka, Ville

Ville Raasakka is a composer based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with ecology and environmental sounds. His compositional practice ranges from orchestral and chamber music to electronics, installation and performance ...

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Steam Engine : for soprano and baroque orchestra / Ville Raasakka

Publisher's number: 21657
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Voice and large ensemble
Instruments: sorp 2fl 2ob 2fg cemb 2vn vla vc db
Remarks: Commissioned by Olga Heikkilä. First performance April 24th 2022 at the House of Nobility, Helsinki, by Olga Heikkilä (soprano) and The Finnish Baroque Orchestra.
Duration: 18'00"
Number of players: 12
Year of composition: 2022
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
The mass production of steam engines has been marked as the beginning of climate change in environmental research. The steam engine not only operated with coal, but enabled the extensive mining of coal. The Atmospheric Engine, developed and patented by Thomas Newcomen in 1712 in Cornwall was the first mass produced steam engine.
This composition is connected to this particular place and time. To the sounds produced by the Newcomen steam engine, and to a composer based in London in 1712, Georg Friedrich Händel.
The texts in the work are historical accounts on steam engines, coal mining and coal burning in Britain between 1661-1842. These include court hearings of workers in coal mines, reports of air quality in London and machine-romanticist poetry on steam engines.
I’ve used sound recordings of the historical steam engines (operating replicas) as a starting point for the composition. The orchestra reproduces the sounds of the steam engine with the baroque instruments. During the process I analyzed closely the vocal works written by Händel during the decade 1710.
Olga Heikkilä, soprano and commissioner of this work, recorded numerous readings of the texts, and the recordings, our workshops and Olga’s voice form the basis for the vocal expression of this work. The resulting work is a hybrid of instrumental concrete music and dramatic baroque cantata. The sopranos expression ranges from singing to sprechgesang, and from a human narrator to a living, breathing steam engine.
Ville Raasakka

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