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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Die Aussicht (1996)
Work Notes
dedicated to Mamie Gilberte
Text Writer
Friedrich Hölderlin
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players
Year Composed
1996
Duration
4 Minutes
Language
German
Soloist
Soprano
Orchestration
Alternate Orchestration
fl/pf/vc (1998)
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Die Aussicht (1996)
This short piece, set to Holderlin's 'die Aussicht', was commissioned by Santa Maria de Monastero, Manta, Italy, and premiered there in 1998 by the soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac with the Ensemble Europeo Antidogma

Die Aussicht is the first piece I wrote using Hölderlin's late poetry, and the music simply conveys my impressions of his beautiful text:

K.S.


Die Aussicht

Wenn in die Ferne geht der Menschen wohnend Leben,
Wo in der Ferne sich erglänzt die Zeit der Reben,
Ist auch dabei des Sommers leer Gefilde,
Der Wald ersheint mit seinem dunklen Bilde.

Da die Natur ergänzt das Bild der Zeiten,
Da die verweilt, sie schnell vorübergleiten,
Ist aus Vollkommenheit, des Himmels Höhe glänzet
Den Menschen dann, wie Bäume Blüth' umkränzet.

Mit Unterthänigkeit
Scardanelli
d. 24. Mai 1748 (Friedrich Hölderlin)


When in the distance people’s lives are lived
Where far away the time of vines shines,
The summer also shows its empty realms,
The forest appears with its dark images.

That nature completes the picture of time,
Those that linger, quickly glide past,
In perfection, heaven’s highness gleams,
The people then are wreathed like flowering trees.

  • Ensemble
    Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Petteri Salomaa, bass / Anu Komsi, soprano / Pia Komsi, soprano
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