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Publisher: Chester Music

Six Celan Songs (1990)
Text Writer
Paul Celan
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
1990
Duration
33 Minutes
Language
German
Soloist
Contralto
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Michael Nyman Six Celan Songs (1990)
MICHAEL NYMAN

SIX CELAN SONGS


This cycle of settings of poems by Paul Celan was written between May and July 1990 for Ute Lemper. The texts are taken from the following collections: 'Chanson einer Dame im Schatten' and 'Corona' from Mohn und Gedachtnis (1952), 'Nachtlich geschurzt' from Von Schwelle zu Schwelle (1955), 'Blume' from Sprachgitter (1959), and 'Es war Erde in ihnen' and 'Psalm' from Die Niemandsrose of 1963.

The settings of 'Corona' and 'Blume' both introduce an eight-bar chord sequence derived from Chopin's Mazurka in A minor, Op.17 No.4 (the introduction to which was used by Gorecki in his Symphony No.3). During the writing of 'Blume', on 7th June 1990, my mother died, and the cycle is dedicated to her memory.

© Michael Nyman

  • Ensemble
    Michael Nyman Band
    Soloist(s)
    Ute Lemper, contralto
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