Infant Sorrow. Four poems by William Blake for Tenor, Piano, Saxophone, guitar and percussion (2008)

Duration: 18 Minuten

Movements: INFANT SORROW. Four poems by William Blake (1757-1827) - INFANT SORROW (Songs of Experience) - THE CHIMNEYSWEEPER (Songs of Innocence) - THE CHIMNEYSWEEPER (Songs of Experience) - HOLY THURSDAY (Songs of Experience)

Instrumentation: Tenor (Soprano), piano, amplified guitar, tenor saxophone and percussion (Marimba, bassdrum, Crotales, TamTam, Triangle)

Solo instruments: Piano, Percussion, Saxophone

Text/Lyrics by: William Blake

Introduction: Both 'Chimneysweepers' refer to child labour in England, where children were made to clean chimneys in order to earn a pittance.


'Infant Sorrow' is like a preview of Freudian psychoanalysis when the father figure of the superego is eliminated.
'Holy Thursday' refers to the first Thursday in May when children were taken from homes and institutions to a precession to a service in St. Paul's church.

The tenor voice represents the innocent soul of a child who sees and believes in good. The instrmental, in contrast, represents the actual undertone of history with aggression and silence.

Dedication: Dedicated to Yvonne Troxler (& her GlassFarmEnsemble) and Tino Bruetsch (Tenor)

World premiere: 10.03.2008
Performers at world premiere: Tino Bruetsch (Tenor) and the GlassFarmEnsemble Yvonne Troxler (pno), Taimur Sullivan (Sax), Oren Fader (guit) Matthew Gold (Perc.)

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