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Ryant Dřízal, Jan: De Monstris Marinis 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    De Monstris Marinis
  • Subtitle: 
    Hommage Veljo Tormis
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    15
  • Year of composition: 
    2015
  • First performance (year): 
    0
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Jan Ryant Dřízal
    De Monstris Marinis
    (On Sea Monsters – A Bestiary for Mixed Choir)
    The Choral Cycle according Medieval Texts by Thomas of Cantimpré
    Durata 15min

    The choral cycle conists of six portraits from the medieval bestiary of Tomas of Cantimpre (1201-1272). Tomas, on these wonderful creatures, illustrates both the diversity of God's creation and, on the other hand, seeks parallels to human qualities. The whole cycle is carried out in the spirit of playful exaggeration and grotesquality in which the choir can make use of all the singing possibilities and finesse. I was inspired by old forms such as fugue, organum, hoquetus, etc., but my goal was not to archaize, but to recreate the atmosphere of the ancient seas and their fabled inhabitants. The final part is a stylization of the sailor's exclamation „O-hoi!“ (in Czech „Ahoj“ means „Hello“ and it's origine is truly nautical, even though the Czechs have no sea). The cycle was created in the summer of 2015 as a grateful memory of the great choral composer Veljo Tormis, with whom I had the opportunity to talk about music during my studies in Estonia.

    Text:
    I. Primo Generaliter (Firstly in general)
    Monstra marina sunt ab omnipotente Deo in ammiracionem orbis data. In hoc enim magis
    ammiranda videntur, quia raro conspectibus homini offeruntur.
    II. De Cervo Marino (Sea Deer)
    Cervus marinus est, ut dicit Liber Kyrannidarum, qui dicitur polinotarius. Hic super fluctus
    cornutum caput erigit et sollicitat aves, ut super se sedeant tamquam ad quiescendum vel
    comedendum carnes suas. Illas autem quiescentes subito rapit et devorat interemptas.
    III. De Serra (Serra)
    A re nomen habet, eo quod serratam cristam habet. Hec bestia occulte subternatans navibus
    eas in fundo secat, ut intrante aqua homines dolosa astucia mergat et eorum cadaveribus
    sacietur.
    IV. De Monachis Maris (Sea Monk)
    Monachi maris monstra marina sunt ex re nomen habencia. Formam piscis habent in
    inferioribus, in superioribus vero speciem ex parte humanam. Monstrum illud libenter allicit
    homines super ripas maris ambulantes luditque coram eis et saltibus appropinquat. Si autem
    in ammiracione ductum appropinquare viderit hominem, trahicit in profundum, sicque eius
    carnibus saciatur.
    V. De Luligine (Luligo)
    Luligo monstrum est marinum, sicut Adellinus dicit, adeo mirabile, ut naturam in hoc lusisse
    credas cercius. Hoc enim animal squamosum cute cum / gregibus piscium scrutatur profunda
    maris. Cum vero aquas maris fastidierit, elevat se cum alis pennigeris, quas illi in hoc natura
    dědit, et cum volucribus scandit ethera.
    VI. Conclusio (Conclusion)
    Nec credendum est, sicut quidam opinati sunt, huiusmodi monstra ex adulterinis
    commixcionibus generata, sed Deum hec omnia inter primordiales creaturas originaliter
    procrease.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
24
Musicians
Soprano(s)
6
Alto(s)
6
Tenor(s)
6
Bass(es)
6

 

 

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