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Catalogue No: M060110375
ISMN: 9790060110375
Shop Product Code: 1739644
Hommage A Chopin/5 Vocalise

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Department: Vocal & Opera - Vocal Solo

Instrumentation: Soprano, Piano

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)

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Composer's Notes
The year 1949 was the hundredth anniversary of Chopin's death. To commemorate this occasion, UNESCO commissioned works from several composers of different nationalities for performance at a special concert in Paris. As the only Pole to receive this invitation, of course I accepted. I decided to pay my tribute to Chopin not by making use of his themes or his style of piano writing, but rather by attempting to go deep into his roots, drawing on his love of the rustic melodies and rhythms which inspired him throughout his life. Thus I made use of folk music from Mazowia, the central part of Poland where Chopin was born, and, finding words an encumbrance, I wrote five vocalises for soprano and piano, interweaving the melodies between the two performers. The work is designed symmetrically, both in metre and tempo.

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