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Lann, Vanessa: The bird that was trapped has flown 

 

 

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  • Program notes: 

    The bird that was trapped has flown
    For soprano solo, 8-part female choir (SSSSAAAA), nyckelharpa* and kokle*
    Vanessa Lann (text: James Robertson)
    [4’15”]
    2016
    *The Swedish nyckelharpa drone part can be played by g-violone or viola da gamba.
    **The plucked-string Latvian kokle part can be played by cembalo/harpsichord, Estonian kannel, cymbalom or pizzicato violin (last note one octave higher).

    Composed on commission for the last five minutes of the Ensemble Putni project “Hildegard and Healing,” this work was intended to fit into, and reflect, the modal style and instrumental/vocal colours of Hildegard von Bingen, particularly with regard to her theatrical work Ordo Virtutem. The production toured Sweden and Latvia in the summer of 2016 with Ensemble Putni, Swedish nyckelharpa player Anna Gustavsson, Latvian kokle player Anda Eglite, and American soprano Cristi Catt, in a semi-staged direction by Catt. The text, written by Scottish poet James Robertson, reflects on the acceptance of death as a freeing mechanism for the soul.

    The bird that was trapped has flown has been performed in Sweden; Latvia; England and the Netherlands (arrangement VOCES8); and the Netherlands and Germany (arrangement Wishful Singing).

  • Technical specs: 

    No unusual technical specification. Can easily be staged, with singers walking through the space.

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