Shom, consisting of seven movements and tape, got its inspiration from Indian Nobel writer Rabindranath Tagore´s aforisms which deal with noise and silence. Song cycle proceeds from a hectic weekday (The Day with the noise, Man goes into noisy crowd) into an intimate night (The world, Put out the lamp) and returns back to a restless day. Tape interludes support the transition from clamorous, pure noises of the day towards to the more static night. The beginning and the end of Shom illustrate the scheduled, atomistic time perception of today, the ”24/7” life, in which man is running himself to death. During the second movement Shom begins to slow down little by little towards the middle movement When the sun goes down, which is based on eastern, cyclic time perception and illustrates temporal continuity and stretching of time. After this song as Shom gradually progresses back to busy daylife, it also moves from the western world to the eastern. In the last tape interlude the eastern and western noises ”drown the silence of all worlds”. The first and the last movement of Shom are variations of each other, as well as the second and the sixth movement. Shom is composed partly into an open form: the second and the sixth; the third and the fifth movement can switch places, the order is decided by the performers. Shom also contains improvisation: there is an improvised cadenza by accordion in the middle of Man goes into noisy crowd for accordion and the singer has some improvised elements in Man goes into noisy crowd. The songs of the Song cycle can be performed 1) each separately 2) as a song cycle but in random order (without the tape) 3) as a song cycle with tape (audio cd, stereo). The material of the tape was designed with music technologist Jussi Suonikko. Shom is Bengalese and it means a.o. cycle. © Minna Leinonen, 2008 Instrumentation
voc, acc, tape Category
Vocal and Choral Works Language
I The Day with the Noise, II Man goes into noisy Crowd I, III The World, IV When the Sun goes down, V Put out the Lamp, VI Man goes into noisy Crowd II, VII The Day with the Noise II Commisioned by / dedications
Dedications: "Jutta Seppinen and Satu Niiranen".
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