between, and I - fragments of Sappho (2007)
for mezzo-soprano and two harps
between, and I - fragments of Sappho (ca. 600 B.C.) consists of 4 poems.
Sappho means mistery. Her life is a mystery and so is her poetry, which is even incomplete. Her poetry comes to us on papyrus only, in which there are many holes. So we only have fragments. But it's exactly these holes that impresses our imagination. And it's these holes that makes it exciting to read and at the same time, it offers space for a personal interpretation.
The musical language I used is simple and direct. Never exuberant while the tone range is limited. A friend of mine wrote, after having listened to the songs: “You do capture a feel of something ancient, yet sophisticated and sensuous. “
Written for DUO BILITIS, Ekaterina Levental & Eva Tebbe.
Première: 12 January, 2007.
duration approx.: 7 '30"
Here is an example of one of the poems:
all night long
might sing of the love between you and the bride
with violets in her lap
wake! and go call
the young men so that
no more than the bird with piercing voice
shall we sleep