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Heppener, Robert

Robert Heppener was born in Amsterdam in 1925. He died on August 25, 2009 in Bergen. He studied piano with Jan Odé and Johan van den Boogert at the Conservatory of ...

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Im Gestein : a cycle of six choral songs on poems by Paul Celan, for mixed choir, percussion and string quintet, 1992 / Robert Heppener

Publisher: Amsterdam: Donemus, 1993
Publisher's number: 08299
Genre: Vocal music
Subgenre: Mixed choir and instruments; Mixed choir and orchestra
Instruments: GK4 2perc 2vl vla vc cb / GK4 2perc str
Remarks: Voor koor SATB, 2 slagwerkers, 2 violen, altviool, cello en contrabas. - Strijkers evt. meervoudig te bezetten. - Duitse tekst apart afgedrukt. - In opdracht van het Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. - Opgedragen aan Capella Amsterdam. - Bekroond met de Matthijs Vermeulen Prijs 1993. - Cop. 1993. - Tijdsduur: ca. 20'
Duration: 20'00"
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Other authors:
Celan, Paul (librettist)
Contains:
Flügelnacht
Die Halde
Nacht
Zuversicht
Schneebett
Flügelnacht (2)
Description:
Program note (English): (Première multi-instrumentation: 19-12-1998 - Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Philippe Entremont, conducting) - I have chosen Paul Celan's poems for my cycle of choral songs 'Im Gestein' and as such classified them in a certain connection. This way the songs I and VI are related, not only in text (the same poem!) but also in music: in I everything is twisted around the tone e, in VI the same tone is also the basis. The songs II and V are also connected. These are the most forceful songs (although V more than II) of the series, the two poems have also been linked by a common image: the downwards falling of the night in "Rinnsal zu Rinnsal" in II finds its continuation in V: "Wir fallen und liegen und fallen". III and IV are, in spite of the harsh entrance in III, mainly contemplative songs. There is therefore a symmetrical construction: I-VI, II-V, III-IV. Furthermore it is obvious that all the poems are metaphorically placed in a mountain world.
Moreover everyone will be attentive to terms such as a - . Stein, Steine, Gestein, Kreide, Kalk, Geröll etc. or - b. Auge, Augentausch, Weltblind, Netzhaut, Wimper etc. and - c. Nacht, Flügelnacht, Mondspiegel, Sterngleich etc. - giving an entirely pronounced entity. Concerning the substantive and exegetic sides of these poems I remain silent. Everyone will have their own (frequently associative) ideas upon listening. I have given my comments with my music, a music which simply I, in order to make the text as audible as possible, have kept simple: a little counterpoint, homophony and unison or even monotony (song I). The string quintet and the percussion, aside from a motoring function, have mainly a colouring role. - ROBERT HEPPENER

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