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House of Mirrors

House of Mirrors

  • Von Douwe Eisenga
  • Version 14.02.2012
  • Medienformat CD
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Douwe Eisenga House of Mirrors performed by Piccola Accademia degli Specchi Giovanni Rosati, piano Alessandra Amorino, flute Assunta Cavallari, piano, Claudia Di Pietro, sax Giuliano Cavaliere, violin Kyung Mi Lee, cello The Italian ensemble Piccolla Academia degli Specchi performs the music of Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga. Five brand new pieces and one reworking form a great collection of music that combines repetitive grooves and lyrical lines. Notes by the composer Motion The first ideas for Motion emerged in 2002 as a sketch for one of the parts of Requiem '53. Later, in 2007, this music evolved into the score for the short film Ports in Motion, commissioned by Zeeland Seaports. Inspired by the beautiful sound of Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (PADS) I made a completely new version in the beginning of 2011. Passacaglia My chamber opera Kabaal (Row) from 2001 tells the story of the historic feud between the Dutch naval heroes of the 17th century, Michiel de Ruyter and Cornelis Tromp. Halfway through the opera written for tenor, baritone and percussion, comes a touching aria, based on a simple descending four-note pattern. Over the years I have made several attempts to write an instrumental version of this aria. No luck, until 2011. Again, the combination of instruments of PADS formed the key to this version. Daily Music In 2007 the oldest newspaper in the Netherlands, the 'Zeeuwse Provinciale Courant' (PZC) celebrated it's 250th anniversary. The newspaper asked me to write a composition based on a 250-year old Sonata by the Dutch composer Christian Ernst Graf. The original and the resulting music for two baroque violins, baroque cello and harpsichord appeared on a privately released CD by the PZC. This new arrangement for PADS added two melodic lines to the original fabric of the voices. Kick The first version of Kick was composed in 2008 as Kick out the Muse, a work for chorus and orchestra based on texts by Federico Garcia Lorca. Lorca describes composing and performing music, as well as listening to music as a purely physical activity (sing with the sound of rushing blood). In the spring of 2011 I undertook a complete reworking of this music, resulting in this new piece Kick. Cloud Atlas The music of Cloud Atlas has come a long way. The origins for this piece is a song written for a show based on the novel The Man in Grey by Michael Ende. In 2007, a fully recomposed version of the music formed my contribution to Cloud Atlas, a project based on the famous novel by David Mitchell. Cloud Atlas was released as a live CD in 2008. Two years later, the version for two pianos appeared on my CD The Piano Files. This is the first studio recording of a brand new ensemble version. La Casa degli Specchi The beginning of La Casa degli Specchi emerged in 2009 as one of the possible ideas for Delta Dance, a composition I wrote for the Clazz Ensemble. The core of the piece consists of only five notes, reflected and mirrored in many, different ways. Piccola Accademia degli Specchi The Rome-based Piccola Accademia degli Specchi (PADS) is a so-called Pierrot Ensemble with piano4hands, cello, violin, sax & flute as line-up. The artistic director of this wonderful ensemble is the Italian composer Matteo Sommacal. The musical leader and one of the pianists is Giovanni Rosati. The other members are Assunta Cavallari, piano, Kyung Mi Lee, cello, Giuliano Cavaliere, violin, Claudia Di Pietro, sax, and Alessandra Amorino, flute. During the last couple of years the ensemble increased it's reputation in Italy and the US and started several collaborations with composers from all over the world, including Matthias Kadar, William Susman, Irma Ravinale and Demetrius Spaneas. In 2008 I met Matteo Sommacal on the social networking site MySpace. Discovering that our music shared some musical DNA, he quickly replied to my add: "Thanks for the add. Fantastic music. Actually, it seems that's true we share a close musical taste. Have you ever written anything for an ensemble? It would be a great pleasure to play your music in Italy". That was some kind of starting point. For a few years nothing happened until the summer of 2010 when Matteo mailed me: "We were wondering if there is a piece of yours that fits our line-up. We would be honoured and glad to have a piece of yours in our repertoire". We decided to do a reworking of Cloud Atlas and Daily Music. While working on those two pieces I quickly discovered that this particular combination of instruments fitted very well with my music. After a few more mails and Skype sessions we agreed to extend our collaboration.... In July 2011 I went to Rome to attend rehearsals for this CD. It was a wonderful experience. PADS are a beautiful bunch of people. Each one of them is a highly gifted musician, fully devoted to my music. Working with PADS is a gift. August 2011, Douwe Eisenga The Dutch press on Douwe Eisenga: Music for Wiek VOLKSKRANT: "A magnificent ode to the cyclic movement' NRC: "Fascinating, gradually whipping music" Rose Road - City Lines VOLKSKRANT: 'Playful inventivity' TROUW: 'Colorful and sublime' PZC: 'Irresistible groove, mesmerizing' ?Requiem 1953 NRC: 'Enchanting requiem, strong music' The Piano Files Klasssieke Zaken : "Music with a generosity that has no borders" Plato Mania: "Enchanting and inspiring"


Titel: House of Mirrors
Release-Datum: 14.02.2012
Etikett: CD Baby
Medienformat: CD
UPC: 8717774570203
Produkt #: 179513X