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Vykintas Baltakas

Vykintas Baltakas
about to drink dense clouds

Year of composition: 2003
Scored for: for female narrator, chamber ensemble and electronics
Composer: Vykintas Baltakas
Text Source: recorded text by Sharon Joyce; narrated text: Simonides fragment, edited and translated by David A. Campbell
Text Author: Sharon Joyce
Original Language: Englisch
Translator: David A. Campbell
Parts: narrator
Instrumentation: fl(+picc), ob, cl(Eb), cl(Bb), tuba, perc, pno, vln(1), vla(1), cb(1), electronics
Instrumentation details:

Duration: 7′
 
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about to drink dense clouds

World Première

Location: Konzerthaus, Neuer Saal Wien / Austria
Date: 15.06.2003
Orchestra: Klangforum Wien
Conductor: Vykintas Baltakas
Main Soloists: Maria Harpner, Sprecherin

Work Introduction

There was a poem, an idea, a fragmented idea

a fragmented idea from ancient times,

so fragmented that not much of an idea is left,

but a torso.

The torso of an idea,

A torso by Simonides

... sky ... sea ... blast of black ...

empty both of men and (of Gods) ... goat-legged divinity!

...keeps mouth closed and uttering no sound... (sleep?)...

he sang about ...

and to us ...

truth ... the god at once ... clear notes ... divine...

Whenever I... undefiled sacrifices... sweet ...

pouring libation...

And yet, there is an idea behind it! Perhaps even a poem.

Which was there at one time and has to be found again.

I am searching for it. Using my imagination as a tool.

So that it speaks again.

Vykintas Baltakas

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about to drink dense clouds

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