Night is worn : solo voice(s) with orchestra
by Kirsten Milenko (2019)
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Night is worn is set in a world without light where only shadows reach the earth and touch the skin. The piece is set in fragments to William Blake's collection of poems: 'The Songs of Innocence and of Experience.'
A setting devoured by greed - all elements taken and drained - Night is worn considers what a constant state of consumption does to the human psyche; affecting the body and mind as well as the world around us - that which is, and that which is yet to come.
Excerpt of text:
When the stars threw down their spears And water'd heaven with their tears Eternity shuddered, Many ages of groans
Fed with cold - reduced to misery.
To the four winds,
a gathered book - torn.
The thrones of Kings are shaken, Tombs in desolate places:
Night is worn
And the morn rises
from slumberous Mass.
The sons of eternity singing, And none shall gather leaves.
Instrumentation: Orchestra and Two Voices - soprano, countertenor (or mezzo-soprano).
Duration: 11 min.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Emma Ilona Mustaniemi (soprano) and Stephen George Yeseta (countertenor).
First performance: 8 Mar 19. Konservatoriets Koncertsal; Julius Thomsens Gade 1, 1974 Frederiksberg Denmark
Performances of this work
8 Mar 19: Konservatoriets Koncertsal; Julius Thomsens Gade 1, 1974 Frederiksberg Denmark
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