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Oliver, Tomislav: Vacanas 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Vacanas
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    20
  • Year of composition: 
    2013
  • First performance (year): 
    2013
  • First performance (venue): 
    Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb
  • First performance (performers): 
    Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Luca Pfaff, conductor, Ivana Srbljan, mezzosopran
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    The work puts to music texts of the poets saints of the Hindu Bhakti tradition from the 10th and 11th century. Vachana (‘a poem in prose’), a spiritual poem, lyrical expression of love towards god, represents maybe the most important part of literature of this tradition in South Dravidian language Kannada. By representing the ideas of Bhakti teaching, in other words, the need for overcoming Hindu religious dogmas and rituals, focusing on subjects not the objects of worshiping, the authors of Vachana (Basavanna, Akka Mahadevi and Allama Prabhu) reject rigidity and stylization of the traditional literary meter and show inclinations for spontaneity and inventiveness of free style in trying to represent faith directly and personally. As a kind of soliloquy, Vachana represents the search for the monotheistic unity, confronting epistemological and ontological through suffering, spirit’s cyclic path where on its beginning and end there is liberation. The questions, ideas and aesthetics of poems preoccupy the contemporary spirit and mind regardless of the spatial and temporal gap. Corresponding with the basic ideas of the texts and the personal experience of the poems, I have tried to present the music narrative
    as a spiritual journey of the protagonist.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
89
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
C
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Alto
Alto
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
4
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
30
Viola
12
Cello
10
Double Bass
8
5-string
5-string

 

 

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