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Mesopotamia Symphony

Mesopotamia Symphony

Symphony No. 2

for large orchestra


  • Instrumentation: large orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
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The country is reflected in the composition: the rivers Euphrates and Tigris have shaped the land of Mesopotamia between Southeastern Anatolia and the Persian Gulf. These rivers in combination with the sun and moon have also had a programmatic influence on extensive passages of Fazıl Say’s new symphony in ten movements, but Say goes far beyond the mere illustration of a landscape in the mould of a Romantic symphonic poem with his greater focus on cultural perceptions of the Near Eastern region through the application of constructive and deconstructive elements.

‘I jumped over my own shadow with this symphony. I exterminated some of my routines by moving in the opposite direction. I was free when I was composing and not shackled by something. And I said to myself: Why should I choose the way I already know. Let’s try a new way.’ (Fazıl Say)

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Istanbul Music Festival and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)
Content text: I Ovada İki Çocuk (Two Children in the Plain) - II Dicle (Tigris River) - III Ölüm Kültürü Üzerine (About the Culture of Death) - IV Melodram (Melodrama) - V Güneş (Sun) - VI Ay (Moon) - VII Kurşun (Bullet) - VIII Fırat (Euphrates River) - IX Savaş Üzerine (About War) - X Mezopotamya Ağıtı (Ballad of Mesopotamia)
Opus: op. 38
Performance duration: 55'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Subtitle: Symphony No. 2
Uraufführung : 23. Juni 2012 Istanbul, Haliç Congress Center (TR) Istanbul Music Festival 2012 · Dirigent: Gürer Aykal · Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of composition: 2011-2012
instrumentation: Picc. · 2 · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 5 · Piccolotrp. · 3 · Tenorpos. · 2 Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: Crot.* · HAPI UFO Drum* · Kudüm* · Waterphone*; II: Trgl. · hg. Beck. · Tamb. · kl. Tr. · Tenortr. · gr. Tr.; III: Röhrengl. · Trgl. · hg. Beck. · Bar Chimes · Woodbl. · Waterphone*; IV: Tamt. · Tomt. · Log Drum · Riverwave*; V: hg. Beck. · Tamb. · HAPI Drum* · Bar Chimes · Riverwave*; VI: Glsp. · Xyl. · Vibr.; VII: Marimba · Tomt.) (7 Spieler) - Hfe. · Klav. - Theremin · Bassfl. (verstärkt) · Bassblfl. (auch Tenorblfl., beide verstärkt) - Str. (16 · 14 · 12 · 12 · 8) (einzelne spielen auch Wooden Birds und Wooden Waterfall) *Diese Instrumente sollten ggf. verstärkt werden. / These instruments should be amplified, if necessary.
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The country is reflected in the composition: the rivers Euphrates and Tigris have shaped the land of Mesopotamia between Southeastern Anatolia and the Persian Gulf. These rivers in combination with the sun and moon have also had a programmatic influence on extensive passages of Fazıl Say’s new symphony in ten movements, but Say goes far beyond the mere illustration of a landscape in the mould of a Romantic symphonic poem with his greater focus on cultural perceptions of the Near Eastern region through the application of constructive and deconstructive elements.

‘I jumped over my own shadow with this symphony. I exterminated some of my routines by moving in the opposite direction. I was free when I was composing and not shackled by something. And I said to myself: Why should I choose the way I already know. Let’s try a new way.’ (Fazıl Say)

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Istanbul Music Festival and the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV)
Content text: I Ovada İki Çocuk (Two Children in the Plain) - II Dicle (Tigris River) - III Ölüm Kültürü Üzerine (About the Culture of Death) - IV Melodram (Melodrama) - V Güneş (Sun) - VI Ay (Moon) - VII Kurşun (Bullet) - VIII Fırat (Euphrates River) - IX Savaş Üzerine (About War) - X Mezopotamya Ağıtı (Ballad of Mesopotamia)
Opus: op. 38
Performance duration: 55'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Subtitle: Symphony No. 2
Uraufführung : 23. Juni 2012 Istanbul, Haliç Congress Center (TR) Istanbul Music Festival 2012 · Dirigent: Gürer Aykal · Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra
Year of composition: 2011-2012
instrumentation: Picc. · 2 · 2 · Engl. Hr. · 2 · Bassklar. · 2 · Kfg. - 5 · Piccolotrp. · 3 · Tenorpos. · 2 Basspos. · 1 - P. S. (I: Crot.* · HAPI UFO Drum* · Kudüm* · Waterphone*; II: Trgl. · hg. Beck. · Tamb. · kl. Tr. · Tenortr. · gr. Tr.; III: Röhrengl. · Trgl. · hg. Beck. · Bar Chimes · Woodbl. · Waterphone*; IV: Tamt. · Tomt. · Log Drum · Riverwave*; V: hg. Beck. · Tamb. · HAPI Drum* · Bar Chimes · Riverwave*; VI: Glsp. · Xyl. · Vibr.; VII: Marimba · Tomt.) (7 Spieler) - Hfe. · Klav. - Theremin · Bassfl. (verstärkt) · Bassblfl. (auch Tenorblfl., beide verstärkt) - Str. (16 · 14 · 12 · 12 · 8) (einzelne spielen auch Wooden Birds und Wooden Waterfall) *Diese Instrumente sollten ggf. verstärkt werden. / These instruments should be amplified, if necessary.
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