Lonh For Soprano And Electronics
by Kaija Saariaho
Soprano Voice - Sheet Music

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Soprano voice, Electronics

SKU: BT.MUSCH61458-01

Composed by Kaija Saariaho. Book and digital download. Composed 2000. 16 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH61458-01. Published by Chester Music (BT.MUSCH61458-01).

ISBN 9781846098628.

Kaija Saariaho's Lonh, scored for Soprano Voice and Electronics, was commissioned by the Wien Modern Festival and premiered on the 20th October 1996.

The title Lonh,meaning far away or distant, is derived from the old Provencal language, in which this piece is performed. The text itself, a poem about distant love, popular among the medieval scholars and poets, is attributed to the medievaltroubadour Jaufre Rudel.

Formally, the piece loosely follows the form of the poem, and is thus divided into nine sections. Some of the symmetrical and repeating aspects are found in the solo soprano part, which as suchuses rather freely the elements for the original text, so that the resulting text is rather a collage based on Rudel's song.

The necessary electronic materials can be downloaded from links in this book, and can be run with a Max patch that includes infinite reverberation, general reverberation, and plays pre-recorded sound files. Cues in the score must be triggered by the Soprano with a sustain pedal (or by another musician at the mixing desk).

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