U.S. PREMIERE OF TÕNU KÕRVITS' MOORLAND ELEGIES
Tuesday, APRIL 23, 2019
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
National Concerts presents the U.S. premiere of Estonian composer and NC's composer-in-residence Tõnu Kõrvits’ Moorland Elegies. Dr. Gregory Fuller leads the University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale and Symphony Orchestra in this featured performance. Opening the concert, Dr. Brandon Williams will conduct The Voorhees Choir from Rutgers University in a dynamic program of music set to text by all-women titled, In Her Words.
The Voorhees Choir at Rutgers University
Dr. Brandon Williams, Conductor
IN HER WORDS
Moon Goddess by Jocelyn Hagen
text by Enheduanna
All I Was Doing Was Breathing by David Brunner
text by Mirabai
The Shape of My Soul by Andrea Clearfield
text by Susan Windle
World premiere of a piece by Colin Britt
Will The Circle Be Unbroken by J. David Moore
text by Cathy Winter, Betsy Rose, & Marcia Taylor
The University of Southern Mississippi Southern Chorale and Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Gregory Fuller & Dr. Michael Miles, Conductors
Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber
(Symphony Orchestra only)
Moorland Elegies by TÕNU KÕRVITS (U.S. Premiere)
Selected poems by Emily Brontë
Moorland Elegies (2015), a nine-part cycle for mixed choir and string orchestra, is a crowning achievement of its composer Tõnu Kõrvits’s magical impressionism. The work was premiered by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra at Tallinn’s St. John’s Church on 31 October 2015, conducted by Risto Joost. The cycle is shaped and animated by its texts: a selection of poems by the English author Emily Brontë (1818–1848). “Moorland Elegies is a journey into the darkest, most mysterious corners of loneliness: to where one doesn’t dare to peek twice,” Kõrvits has commented. The selection of poetry in Moorland Elegies contains bright, sorrowful, dramatic, and divine scenes that form no coherent plot. There are only spiritual conditions characterized by a certain poetical abstraction, which develop through natural imagery and spatial impressions.
Tõnu Kõrvits works belong to the repertoire of the most important Estonian orchestras, choirs and artists. In recent years his music has been performed more and more outside of his native Estonia. Beside Veljo Tormis’s shamanistic spells, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s energetic explosions and Arvo Pärt’s religious contemplations, Kõrvits’s sound world stands out as highly poetic, full of visionary fantasies. His music carries the listener along on hypnotic journeys through the landscapes of nature and folk tradition, human soul and subconscious. His oeuvre includes all traditional genres from orchestral and instrumental music to choral music and operas.
Translated by Adam Cullen
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