Erythraean Fields

About the work

The five songs for mezzo-soprano and en-semble were composed in 2014. Fragments taken from Jakob Reichsöllner’s poem Fieberträume — «deliriums» — form the textual basis of the songs. Erythraean Fields is an orchestrated version of my work Farben des Mohns for mezzo-soprano and piano, composed previously in 2014.

It was freely transformed for a broader orchestration, including the traditional Chinese instruments Sheng, Pipa and Erhu. I attempted not to make the ensemble sound particularly Chinese, but to aim at finding new shades of orchestral colours within my very own music.

Instrumentation

flute
sheng
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon
percussion (one player): large tam-tam, bass drum, wood blocks (three pitches), crotales, tubular bells, vibraphone
pipa
piano
mezzo-soprano
erhu
viola
violoncello

Premiere

March 20, 2015
Graz, Helmut List Halle
»Der Klang nach Seide«
Shanghai Sinfonietta
Zhang Liang, conductor
Annette Schönmüller, mezzo-soprano