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Nature Morte

(2008)
Mixed choir
Choir a capella
17:00
2011
TOV019c
A4, 65 pages

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About Nature Morte the composer writes: “The poetic source of my composition Nature Morte is the work of Joseph Brodsky (1940-1996). The piece is based on fragments of two works by the Russian poet with jewish background, Nature Morte (1971) and Butterfly (1973), which were written shortly before and after Brodsky moved to the United States, in 1972; the poems brilliantly reflect Brodsky’s emotional state at the time. The basic themes of Brodsky’s poetry from this period touch on the relationship between people and society, the choice between good and evil, the search for truth, and the relationship with God. For my piece Nature Morte, I have chosen the poem’s English translation. In my point Brodsky was actively involved in the translation of his words; therefore the English versions of his texts may be considered just as valuable as the originals, or, in any event, not any less valuable than the originals.”

The premiere of Nature Morte took place on October 23, 2008 at Niguliste Church, Tallinn, Estonia. The performers were the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, conductor Daniel Reuss. This work was commissioned by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.


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