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The Living Mountain

The Living Mountain

for soprano and ensemble

texts from "The Living Mountain" by Nan Shepherd


  • Instrumentation: soprano and ensemble
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English
  • Order No.: LSL 10507

Description

Mountains have always played an enormous role in my life, as an active mountaineer as well as a composer. At one point, I found a wide open, empty space for my soul to roam around … at other times climbing could be a challenge, I could experience extreme situations and dangers. What I never had experienced, though, was such a thorough and unpretentious look at the mountains as author Nan Shepherd or photographer Awoiska van der Molen have shown me. In Shepherd’s book it is not about mystifying the mountains or ‘testing oneself’. It is about discovering their beauty in one specific sound, in one look. It is about hearing the whole universe of music in one cry of a bird. And it is about hearing, feeling and experiencing yourself.
Thomas Larcher

Details
Content text: Introduzione
I "At first, mad to recover the tang of height"
II "As I reach the highest part of my dark moor"
III "In September dawns I hardly breathe"
IV "Once on a night of such clear silence"
V "Further up it is all snow"
Performance duration: 15' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2019 - 2020
instrumentation: fl(pic)-2perc(timp, vib, crot, tub bells, steel pans, cowbell, cym, xyl, mar, b.d., tenor drum, wdbl, rainstick, lightweight paper, thundersheet-acc.pno(prepared)-str(2.2.2.2.1)
Performances
Conductor: Gregory Charette
Orchestra: Asko|Schönberg Ensemble
2022-04-30 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal | World Premiere

Mountains have always played an enormous role in my life, as an active mountaineer as well as a composer. At one point, I found a wide open, empty space for my soul to roam around … at other times climbing could be a challenge, I could experience extreme situations and dangers. What I never had experienced, though, was such a thorough and unpretentious look at the mountains as author Nan Shepherd or photographer Awoiska van der Molen have shown me. In Shepherd’s book it is not about mystifying the mountains or ‘testing oneself’. It is about discovering their beauty in one specific sound, in one look. It is about hearing the whole universe of music in one cry of a bird. And it is about hearing, feeling and experiencing yourself.
Thomas Larcher

Content text: Introduzione
I "At first, mad to recover the tang of height"
II "As I reach the highest part of my dark moor"
III "In September dawns I hardly breathe"
IV "Once on a night of such clear silence"
V "Further up it is all snow"
Performance duration: 15' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2019 - 2020
instrumentation: fl(pic)-2perc(timp, vib, crot, tub bells, steel pans, cowbell, cym, xyl, mar, b.d., tenor drum, wdbl, rainstick, lightweight paper, thundersheet-acc.pno(prepared)-str(2.2.2.2.1)
Conductor: Gregory Charette
Orchestra: Asko|Schönberg Ensemble
2022-04-30 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal | World Premiere