”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).
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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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