Kortekaas, Bram

Bram Kortekaas was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1989. He studied composition with Willem Jeths and Wim Henderickx at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and political science at the University ...

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L'Élue : Prelude pour orchestre / Bram Kortekaas

Publisher's number: 21809
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Orchestra
Scoring: picc 3fl(picc) fl-a 3ob 2eh 3cl 2cl-b 3fg 2cfg 8h 5tpt(tpt-b) 3trb 2tb 2timp 3perc str
Remarks: Commissioned by AVROTROS Vrijdagconcert. World premiere: 13 January 2023, TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, NJO National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, Conductor: Antony Hermus.
Duration: 5'00"
Year of composition: 2022
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

L'Élue (The Chosen One) is written as a companion piece to Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). L'Élue is a prelude not just in the musical sense. Its story precedes the actions the ballet Le Sacre du Printemps.
Stravinsky’s ballet focusses on the collective actions of a pagan tribe. In L'Élue the attention is shifted to the individual within this tribe. The composition explores the feelings of a young woman, who is afraid of becoming the Chosen One for this year’s sacrifice.
Stravinsky’s concept of Day and Night for the first and second part of Le Sacre du Printemps (as described in The Rite of Spring: sketches 1911-1913, page xxi) are mirrored in L'Élue.
The composition starts with an impression of the night (La Nuit). At dawn, the first signs of Spring appear (À l'Aube du Printemps). This is noticed by the young woman, presented by the Alto Flute. The realization that the tribe’s yearly Spring sacrifice approaches fills her with dread. In a premonition, she sees herself as that year’s The Chosen One (La Prémonition de L’Élue). The premonition dissolves, after which Le Sacre du Printemps is performed attacca.

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