Poème Parodique (Parodistic Poem)
|Setting||Prepared mixed choir (12 parts) or prepared vocal sextet (mixed, female or male voices).|
|Period of creation||12 parts: 2010-09-26 to 2010-10-09.
6 parts: 2010-12-20 to 22 (early version for women’s choir) and 2020-01-16 to 24.
|Duration||5 min (early version for women’s choir: 4 min 15 sec).|
|Commission / occasion||Commissioned by the Connect Festival in Malmö (Swe) 2010 and by the IGNM (ISCM) Austria 2011.|
|Publisher||BabelScores: mixed choir + women’s choir.|
The main idea behind the piece is a confrontation of two timbral processes within the sound world of a prepared 12-part mixed choir: On the one hand, a poetic lava of slowly moving sound masses from harmonica playing singers, on the other hand, a parodistic fireworksof emotional, theatrical and quickly moving interjections from whistle blowing speakers.
Formally, the composition is divided into 8 sections, of which sections 1-4 and 7-8 represent the confrontation between 6 singing and 6 speaking voices, whereas sections 5-6 are entirely sung and form a kind of static climax.
The development of densities runs in the same direction (in both timbral processes) in sections 1 and 8, but in opposite directions in sections 2, 3, 4 and 7. The development of pitch or brightness proves to be rather static in the spoken layer, but dynamic in the sung counterpart, in which the registers are rising between sections 1 and 4, but falling between sections 7 and 8.
|2020-10-02||Exaudi and James Weeks (conductor)
Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen (Ger) – mixed sextet version / cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-10-01||Exaudi and James Weeks (conductor)
Festival Hörfest for New Music, at the Culture Factory Hangar 21 / The Cube (Kubus) in Detmold (Ger) – mixed sextet version / cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-08-08||Voktett Hannover and Justus Barleben (conductor)
Festival Hitzacker Summer Music Days, at the St. Johannis-Kirche (St. John’s Church) in Hitzacker (Ger) – mixed sextet version / cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-03-22||Exaudi and James Weeks (conductor)
Resonans Festival, at the Studio Acusticum / Main Concert Hall in Piteå (Swe), radio recording by SR P2 – mixed sextet version / cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2020-03-21||Exaudi and James Weeks (conductor)
Festival Svensk Musikvår (Swedish Music Spring), at the S:t Jacobs kyrka (St. James’s Church) in Stockholm (Swe) – world premiere (mixed sextet version) / cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic
|2013-03-18||Jeunesse Chamber Choir Vienna and Ajtony Csaba (conductor), version for mixed choir
Broadcast on ORF Ö1 Radio / Zeit-Ton (Aut) at 23.03 h, live recording from 2013-02-23 (RadioKulturhaus in Vienna), with an introduction by Ursula Strubinsky
|2013-02-23||Jeunesse Chamber Choir Vienna and Ajtony Csaba (conductor), version for mixed choir
ORF concert hall / RadioKulturhaus in Vienna (Aut), prize winner concert, radio recording by ORF Ö1 – world premiere
|2011-09-01||Jeunesse Chamber Choir Vienna and Ajtony Csaba (conductor), version for mixed choir
Vienna (Aut) – workshop
|2011-01-25||Vox Pulchra and Núria Cunillera Salas (conductor), version for women’s choir
ZKM in Karlsruhe (Ger)
|2010-10-14||Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and Cecilia Martin-Löf (conductor)
Connect Festival in Malmö (Swe)
|24,24%||Winner of the Vocal Music Competition by the IGNM (ISCM) Austria and commission for a vocal work, 8/33 (2011-02).|
Malmö 2010-10-14 (public workshop);
duration: 1 min 30 sec.
Vox Pulchra & Núria Cunillera Salas;
duration: 55 sec.