Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen for five voices: soprano, two mezzo-sopranos, tenor and baritone (2010, 9’) text by Velemir Chlebnikov
First performance: Amsterdam/The Netherlands, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, September 12th 2010, by VOCAALLAB, for Gaudeamus Muziekweek
Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen, for five voices, was written for and premiered by the VOCAALLAB. The piece is a setting of a poem by Velemir Chlebnikov, in which the writer tells what horses, grass, suns and people do when they die: they snort, wilt, fade and - sing... What a wonderful thought: closing your eyes for the last time while singing. The piece starts with small instruments that evoke the atmosphere of a stable in which horses slumber. Then, the poem unfolds in a slowly growing polyphonic chant. The piece finishes with a fragile chord of humming wooden boxes.
Von Pferden, Gräsern, Sonnen, Menschen was selected by the Dutch Toonzetters as one of the ten best Dutch premieres of the season 2010-11, and performed in the Toonzetters Festival / Holland Festival in June 2012, in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam.