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Szymon Kuran
1955 - 2005
Poland / Iceland
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S. Kuran
Szymon Kuran (16/12/1955 - 07/08/2005), a Polish violist and composer. He was born in Poland and has lived in Iceland since 1984. In his compositions Szymon Kuran aims to achieve clarity of form, and a transparent and timeless musical language. In the mind of the composer, the composition is related to hope, and the believe that nothing is without its purpose.
Source:booklet of cd Omi Klassik 001
Szymon Kuran started early learning to play the violin in his native Poland. At first he was taught by his father and later he studied under the guidance of many respected teachers in his native country. After completing his studies he became consertmaster of the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he continued his studies in London. In 1984 he was employed as second concertmaster of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and has worked in that capacity since. He has also performed as a soloist and engaged in composing. His compositions have for example been played by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. Szymon Kuran has also played jazz music and made several recordings.
Requiem
Period:21st century
Composed in:2000
Musical form:mass
Text/libretto:Latin mass and a prayer in Polish
Duration:36'20''
In memory of:Brynhildur Sigurdardóttir
Label(s):Omi Klassik 001
Requiem was composed in Iceland from 1994 to 2000 in memory of Brynhildur Sigurdardóttir, who died of cancer in 1994. The work is performed by a child singing solo, three choirs of boys, women and men, a violin, flute, guitar, string ensemble and percussion. The text of Requiem is sung in Latin with the exception of a prayer (nr. 11 Oratio), sung in Polish.
It contains:
1. Requiem (2:33)
2. Kyrie (1:08)
3. Dies Irae (6:44)
4. Oratorio (2:29)
5. Rex tremandae (1:21)
6. Confutatis (0:48)
7. Lacrimosa (2:54)
8. Offertorium (3:53)
9. Sanctus - Benedictus (1:08)
10. Agnus Dei (3:02)
11. Oratio (1:26)
12. Lux aeterna - Communio (8:53)
Source:Vigdís Finnbogadóttir