Martin Smolka - Poema de balcones
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Cat No: WER73322
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th April 2016
ArtistsSWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart
Martin Homann (percussion)
It is astonishing, actually, that the avant-garde audience approved of such illustrative music, but it was so different – and was conveyed with such simple charm. “Please, no more musical revolutions. [...] Please, no more new music, but rather strange music” - this is what Smolka demands in his Manifesto of a Re-tuned Composer. His choral work Walden, the Distiller of Celestial Dews is not the only one to follow these principles.
Imitation, formal simplicity, altered intonation, and repetition can also be found in another guise in his Poema de balcone for two mixed choirs from 2008. The text is based on only three lines from Federico García Lorca’s poem Romancero gitano. The words as sung are hardly understandable. We hear, however, how the sea slowly dances across the beach – with a rolling R – in the long-drawn-out overlapping waves of the two choirs.
Słone i smutne (Salt and Sadness) for mixed choir from 2006, on the other hand, employs the elements mentioned in a very different way. The piece is based on a poem written in the late 1940s by the Polish poet Tadeusz Różewicz (1921–2014), a poem about love and remembrance. Again, Smolka does not follow the text in a linear way. He picks out single words and parts of sentences and constantly recombines them, playing once more with expressions.
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