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Hořínka, Slavomír: Songs of Immigrants 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Songs of Immigrants
  • Subtitle: 
    for string quartet and documentary inserts
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    23
  • Year of composition: 
    2014
  • First performance (year): 
    2014
  • First performance (venue): 
    Konzerthaus, Berlin
  • First performance (performers): 
    Bennewitz Quartet
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    In October 2013, tragedy struck near the shores of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Most of the hundreds who died in the shipwreck were Eritreans.
    The composition is not meant to present a plot of any kind. The documentary inserts are not even arranged subsequently in time. I am not trying to depict the tragedy. My aim is to deliver the music of the people who sailed for a better life, juxtaposing it with the sounds of situations which came before and after the tragedy itself. The musical structure is based entirely on material derived from recordings of Eritrean ethnic music, documentary recordings from public resources, and sounds of animals inhabiting the island of Lampedusa. I cross-fade this material among musicians and tapes, or „resynthesise” it into the string quartet.

  • Technical specs: 

    Staging notes:
    Documentary inserts can be played in various methods.
    Cassete decks: Musicians have 4 portable cassette decks, one for each, laying on the floor in front of them.
    From these machines they play documentary inserts (provided by composer) according to the instructions in
    the score. After the end of insert, they DO NOT stop the machine. NO additional sound system installation is
    required. Suggested types of vintage machines: Tesla A3, Tesla K10, Tesla K204, Geracord GC-6020,
    Ghettoblaster RRS 4040, Sony CF-270L, JVC 9425, etc. This method is suitable for small and medium sizes of
    concert hall and accents the documentary aspect of inserts.
    Stereo setup: Two quality loudspeakers of requisite power (according to the hall) are placed at the sides of the
    quartet. Preferably directly on floor without the stand. The speakers shouldn’t be far from the ensemble.
    Setup is connected to the computer and inserts are played by another person from the QLab session
    (provided by composer). This method is necessary for large concert halls and delivers better sound quality of
    inserts.
    At the end of the piece, the players leave one by one the stage, the exact timing is marked in the score.
    On the stage remain only bare "bodies" of instruments. The musicians should wait a while after the selfinduced
    decay of the sea sound and see if people remain in silent and than come to the stage. If there is not a
    backstage they lay the instruments on their knees and remain silent and motionless until the end. In case there
    is a person taking control of the light, than it is appropriate to dim the light with the fade out of the sound at
    the end.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
19
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
Oboe
2
Clarinet
2
Saxophone
2
Bassoon
2
Trumpet
2
Trombone
2
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double Bass
2

 

 

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