El Canto de la Guerra

by Maria Kallionpää

The Song of War

for Soprano, Theremin and Orchestra

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Maria Kallionpää

El Canto de la Guerra

Music Finland

Description

”The Song of War” (El Canto de la Guerra) was written for the World War I commemoration year 2014. After winning the first prize in the composition contest of the Oxford University Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013, I was commissioned to write this composition for the same orchestra. The lyrics reflect the threat of the coming war from the perspective of the past: the text is a collage consisting of the predictions of Pythia (the oracle of Delphi), as well as an excerpt of an atmospheric poem by Spanish poet Carolina Coronado, who seemed to have sensed the tragic happenings within Europe already decades before the war actually took place. The different prophecies from two completely different situations and eras are separated by the names of some of the most notorious battles of the First World War. I have combined the two different texts relatively freely in order to reflect the haunting atmosphere of the looming future calamities. Pythia, or Carolina, is presented in the context of this work as a prophet and the electronic theremin instrument symbolises her connection to the divine knowledge that only she can access. The composition is dedicated to the soloists who gave the premiere: Lydia Kavina (theremin) and Tal Katsir (soprano).

Maria Kallionpää


Instrumentation

3333 3231 12 0, str, sopr solo, theremin solo [fl+pic, cl+bcl]


Category

Works for Soloist(s) and Orchestra


Language

Es


Lyricist

Text by Pythia, the oracle of Delfoi and Carolina Coronado


Commisioned by / dedications

Commissioned by the Oxford University Philharmonic Orchestra 2013-2014


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