When I got the commission to write music for a soprano singer and church organ I had a year earlier composed a cantata after the "Book of Proverbs". That was the first time I used the texts from "Biblia Sacra Vulgata", the late 400th century Latin version of the Bible. For that I had two reasons: the vowels and the scent of parchment. The latter preaches without a murmur, the first is a golden tool to compose vocal lines. The particular concert in which my "Et angelum..." was to be premiered was put together out of compositions based somehow on the "Book of Revelation" (among others Messiaen’s "Quartet for the End of Time").
My ‘apocalyptic aria’ is based on the chapter 10, verses 5-7:
"The angel who I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to the sky, and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there will no longer be delay, but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as he declared to his servants, the prophets."
© Kirmo Lintinen (2004) Instrumentation
sopr, org Category
Vocal and Choral Works Language
(Organ): Tove Åman, soprano, Markku Hietaharju, organ, Turku, August 23, 2000. Fp (big band): Mari Palo, soprano, UMO, cond. Kari Heinilä, Agricola Church, Helsinki, April 13, 2001.
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