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Louis Andriessen

Theatre of the World (2013-15)


Plays: 1922


A Grotesque
Stagework in 9 scenes
Scene 8 (excerpt)
Duration: 02 mins 34 secs

Cristina Zavalloni / Los Angeles Philharmonic / Reinbert de Leeuw
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Text heard on Sample:
SOR JUANA:
Y del cerebro, ya desocupado,
las fantasmas huyeron
y - como de vapor leve formadas -
en fácil humo, en viento convertidas,
su forma resolvieron.
Así linterna mágica, pintadas
representa fingidas
en la blanca pared varias figuras,
de la sombra no menos ayudadas
que de la luz…

the last phantoms
– made of weightless vapour–
flee the now emptied brain,
and dissolve like smoke in the wind.
Thus, a magic lantern
projects onto a blank wall
various false, painted figures,
produced no less by shadow
than by light...

Libretto by Helmut Krausser

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