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Jouni Kaipainen
1956 -
Finland
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J. Kaipainen
Jouni Kaipainen (24/11/1956), a Finnish composer and writer on music, born in Helsinki. He studied at the Sibelius Academy under Aulis Sallinen (1973 - 1976) and Paavo Heininen (1976 - 1980).
Lacrimosa
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1989
Musical form:fragments
Text/libretto:William Blake (in English), the Bible and Requiem text (in Latin)
Duration:15'
"In Lacrimosa opus 36 (duration: 15 min), the double choir is approached really as two different instruments. As a token of this, the music sung by the choirs is characteristically quite different and alltogether, they sing in different languages: the first choir in English and the second in Latin — the languages of two different epochs meet. The basic idea is maintained by the Latin choir. Its text consists of fragment of De Profundis from The Bible and three partly abridged parts of the requiem mass:
"Lacrimosa"
"Recordare"
and "Lux aeterna"
My work doesn't have a liturgic meaning or any ambitions towards the category of concert requiem pieces. The English texts, two whole poems by William Blake (1757-1827), an English poet, one fragment of a prose poem and one "synthetic neo-poem" built of two different fragments attempt to comment the basic text from different views: sometimes observing its reason (1st part), sometimes affirming its message (2nd part), sometimes ironizing (3rd part). The effort toward balance in the end is anyhow sincere, and it isn't just a coincidence that it has to do something with the violin concerto of Alban Berg. It is obvious that you can't hear the words easily while this is a piece for 12 voices, sometimes even for 14 voices."
Author:Jouni Kaipainen Translation: Riikka Laitala
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W. Blake
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Des Flußes Stimme
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1997
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:In Swedish: Gunnar Eklöf, Solveig von Schoultz; in German: Rainer Maria Rilke, Herman Hesse
Duration:21'
In memory of:Jeremy Parsons
Label(s):Alba ABCD 207
Des Flußes Stimme. Ein Requiem, Jeremy Parsons in memoriam op. 54 for mixed choir (eight parts) a cappella. Lyrics by Gunnar Ekelöf (a Swedish poet, 1907 - 1968), Solveig von Schoultz (a female Finnish poet and Erik Bergman's wife, 1907 - 1996), Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926) and Herman Hesse (1877 - 1962). Duration: 21'. Commissioned by Jeremy Parsons and the Tapiola Chamber Choir.
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G. Ekelöf
(text)
S. von Schoultz
(text)
R.M. Rilke
(text)
H. Hesse
(text)