lyrics: Paul Frankhuijzen Language: Italian Commissioned by Bosch Parade Netherlands Free score
Siete voi i turisti della democrazia Vi mettete in coda per me.
È completamente pazzo e siamo orgogliosi di lui
Ma Marcello. Marcello dove sei?
Sì Sylvia. Vengo da te. Sì, penso che abbia ragione. Mi sbaglio io.
You are the tourists of democracy. You are standing for me in line. He is an absolute crazy but we are pround of him. It’s the farce of the State! Credo! Credo!
But Marcello. Yes Sylvia. I come to you. Yes, I think she is right. I’II make a mistake. We make a mistake! See! Sylvia, who are you? Listen Sylvia!
Part 1. 'Rite', is based on the Sumerian Hymn 'the creation of mankind',(v.c. 800) which was written down on a clay tablet. The hymn is about the land between Euphrates and Tigris. The priest sings a magical ritual for purifica-tion and concentration. The singers take this up and perform several rites. The texts are in Hebrew and Sumerian.
Part 2.'The land of the blind singers', the calls and the longing of the first part are being examined. Mesopotamia, the land of milk and honey, is praised. This part ends with the priest's following words: I for my part, I will think both of you and of another hymn.
Part 3, 'Oracles'. In sever-al layers a number of ora-cles take place simulta-neously. A priest wants his own temple. The mother god EA is sing-ing about her son. The singers sing their con-temporary stories and sing about their experiences. The part develops not into a big crescendo, but into a big complexity of informa-tion. EA one last time sings her ode to Apollo.
Part 4. 'Epilogue', the myth is being put in perspective. The singers sing the words: We are walking around here in this wing. We are here Peripteron. Now the priest ends with the parting words: So then, Lord! This hymn is my prayer.
Peripteron(2002) 56’ chamber-opera soloist: alto, barriton, vocal ensemble, recorder quartet lyrics: Musehymn of Mesemedes / Homeric Hymns compound through Paul Frankhuijzen Oracle lyrics woman voice, from Turkish woman during a earthquake in 1999. Oracle lyrics man voice, from Italian restorer during the restoration work of the church of Franciscus from Assisi, which was through a earthquake damage. Epilogue lyrics Paul Frankhuijzen. commissioned by the FST for November Music Info Publ. Donemus Webshop
Performers Director; Marc Versteeg Soloists; Mother God EA Margot Kalse, Priest Ken Gould Vocal ensemble; Mirieille Hofmann, Ayumi Aoki, Desiree Verlaan, Bram Verheijen, Coert van de Berg, Marcel Moester. Recorder quartet; Maurice van Lieshout, Dina Titan, Morton Séan Kierman, Maya Schulten.
Recording VPRO 10-11-2002 Novembermusic festival
Photo Elle Gielens (Margot Kalse, Ken Gould)
A story in 4 minute's.
È la farsa dello stato!
Siamo noi che sbagliamo! Vedi! Sylvia, chi sei? Senti Sylvia.