Del iubilo del core che esce in voce : 16 voci, 1974 / poesia da Iacopone da Todi, Robert Heppener

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, cop. 1974
Publisher's number: 06738
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir
Scoring: 4sopr 4alt 4ten 4bas
Remarks: Voor 4 sopranen, 4 alten, 4 tenoren en 4 bassen. - Tekst met Nederlandse vert. apart afgedrukt. - In opdracht van de N.C.R.V. t.g.v. haar 50-jarig bestaan. - Opgedragen aan Nico Dekker. - Tijdsduur: 12'
Duration: 12'00"
Year of composition: 1974
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Jacopone da Todi (Text writer/Librettist)
Heppener, Robert (Composer)
Program note (English): "Of the heart's rejoicing which comes forth in the voice" - this ecstatic poem by the 13th century Italian mystical poet Jacopone da Todi is the key to the rather exuberant musical language which I have used in this work for 16 solo voices. The jubilation comes by fits and starts, whispering or yelling, crooning or singing full out, and sometimes in a confused stammering of all the voices simultaneously. "When rejoicing warms, it makes man sing; and the tongue babbles and does not know what to say". At a certain moment this babbling gains the upper hand to such an extent that the greater part of the poem is repeated, but now in reverse, recited like a counting-up rhyme. The central note is 'A' , which is first heard after the title has been sung at the beginning of the poem, and which is heard again at fixed times; starting from this note a chord is built up which is always the same one: an ecstatic fanning out of the sound. 'A' is also the note on which the piece ends. In
between, the voice is used in all kinds of ways, from calling to yelling to hissing, crooning, falsetto or singing through the nose. "He who has no acquaintance with this considers you mad, seeing your distractedness, like that of a man out of his senses". After the last climax there is a sudden lull at the words 'd'amore'. "O rejoicing of the heart that makes us sing from love". This brings to an end this song of praise. - ROBERT HEPPENER

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