Frank Martin’s Six Monologues from Everyman at the Sion Festival

Reading time: 2 min. Frank Martin

Ist alls zu End das Freudenmahl
Und alle fort aus meinem Saal?
Bleibt mir keine andere Hilfe dann,
Bin ich denn ein verlorner Mann?
Und ganz alleinig in der Welt,
Ist es schon so um mich bestellt,
Hat mich Der schon dazu gemacht,
Ganz nackend und ohn alle Macht,
Als läg ich schon in meinen Grab,
Wo ich doch mein warm Blut noch hab
und Knecht mir noch gehorsam sein
Und Häuser viel und Schätze mein,
Auf! schlägt die Feuerglocken drein!

Frank Martin’s Six Monologues from Everyman for baritone and orchestra will be performed on 15 August at this year's Sion Festival, which is running from 9-21 August. Stefan Vladar conducts the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra with baritone Bo Skovhus.

Bálint Varga on Martin’s Six Monologues from Everyman:

These Six Monologues, which Frank Martin selected from Hofmannsthal’s play Jedermann, form a psychological study of mankind in the face of death; the music incisively portrays the stages of recognition that the final farewell is inescapable and irreversible.

Martin scored the work for baritone or alto and orchestra, appending short instrumental postludes – all the more unsettling for their brevity – at key points during the piece. It ends with marvellous music of divine imploration, evocative of humankind, eyes and outstretched arms yearning heavenwards.

Frank Martin: Six Monologues from Everyman
for baritone or alto and orchestra | 17’
2 3 2 2 - 2 2 3 0 - timp, perc, hp, cel, pno, str
15/8/2013, Sion; Bo Skovhus, bar; Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, cond. Stefan Vladar

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