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Secret Kiss

Secret Kiss

Melodrama for narrator and five instrumentalists

Text by Mari Mezei selected from Alessandro Baricco's novel "Silk"

English translation by Eszter Molnár

Japanese translation by Oriza Hirata


  • Instrumentation: speakers, altoflute, bassclarinet, violin, cello, percussion
  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: Japanese • English
  • Order No.: LS 5971-01

Description
Following on from Senza sangue, Peter Eötvös has once again taken his inspiration from the Italian author Alessandro Baricco, whose acclaimed 1997 novel Silk provides the plot for this seventeen-minute chamber music scene. We are transported back to the 19th century, where a young Frenchman travels to Japan to learn about the secrets of silk production. While visiting a rich man, he observes a young girl with her eyes closed. She suddenly opens her eyes, looks at the Frenchman and points silently to a tea cup in front of her. This is the beginning of a moving, sensitive and wonderful story – out of a single glance, a tender yet binding connection between the two young individuals emerges.

The spoken text is accompanied by flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion, creating a unique atmosphere.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Gothenburg Symphony and Gageego!, Okamura & Company Inc., Casa da Música Porto, BBVA Foundation, Ensemble Musikfabrik and Kunststiftung NRW, MÜPA Budapest, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and individuals through BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme, Wigmore Hall London and Tongyeong International Music Festival
Performance duration: 17' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2018
instrumentation: Fl. (auch Altfl.) · Klar. (auch Bassklar.) - S. (Glsp. · Crot. · Vibr. · 3 Trgl. · Nietenbeck. · Tamt. · gr. Tr. · Chimes) (1 Spieler) - Vl. · Vc
Performances
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Ensemble Musikfabrik
2019-09-17 | Budapest (Hungary) — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Ensemble Musikfabrik
2019-09-15 | Köln (Germany) — 20:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Ensemble Musikfabrik
2019-09-08 | Berlin (Germany), Kammermusiksaal — 17:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2019-04-17 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música, Sala de Cámara — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2019-03-24 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música, Sala Suggia | national Premiere
2019-03-09 | Tokyo (Japan), Bunka Kaikan — 16:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Gageego Ensemble
2019-01-27 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthuset | World Premiere
Following on from Senza sangue, Peter Eötvös has once again taken his inspiration from the Italian author Alessandro Baricco, whose acclaimed 1997 novel Silk provides the plot for this seventeen-minute chamber music scene. We are transported back to the 19th century, where a young Frenchman travels to Japan to learn about the secrets of silk production. While visiting a rich man, he observes a young girl with her eyes closed. She suddenly opens her eyes, looks at the Frenchman and points silently to a tea cup in front of her. This is the beginning of a moving, sensitive and wonderful story – out of a single glance, a tender yet binding connection between the two young individuals emerges.

The spoken text is accompanied by flute, clarinet, violin, cello and percussion, creating a unique atmosphere.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Gothenburg Symphony and Gageego!, Okamura & Company Inc., Casa da Música Porto, BBVA Foundation, Ensemble Musikfabrik and Kunststiftung NRW, MÜPA Budapest, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and individuals through BCMG’s Sound Investment scheme, Wigmore Hall London and Tongyeong International Music Festival
Performance duration: 17' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2018
instrumentation: Fl. (auch Altfl.) · Klar. (auch Bassklar.) - S. (Glsp. · Crot. · Vibr. · 3 Trgl. · Nietenbeck. · Tamt. · gr. Tr. · Chimes) (1 Spieler) - Vl. · Vc
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Ensemble Musikfabrik
2019-09-17 | Budapest (Hungary) — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Ensemble Musikfabrik
2019-09-15 | Köln (Germany) — 20:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Ensemble Musikfabrik
2019-09-08 | Berlin (Germany), Kammermusiksaal — 17:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2019-04-17 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música, Sala de Cámara — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
2019-03-24 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música, Sala Suggia | national Premiere
2019-03-09 | Tokyo (Japan), Bunka Kaikan — 16:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Gageego Ensemble
2019-01-27 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthuset | World Premiere