Dies Irea, MVWV 401 (Verheul, Maurice)

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Work Title Dies Irea
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Composer Verheul, Maurice
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IMV 4
Key MVWV 401
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1998-2012
First Publication. 2012
Librettist Robert Crawford (1868-1930)
Language Latin, English
Dedication Thurstan Bassett
Average DurationAvg. Duration 60 Minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Voices: mezzo-soprano, contralto; mixed chorus (SATB), organ

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This is a composition I have work for years on, due surcomstances, due inspiration, due everything. It's a very complex work and onley for trained choirs and good conductors and repetitors who are familair with the work of modern composers like, Ligeti or stockaussen. This work is very poly rhythmical and that where one of the chalances are the other chalance lies in the fact that the choir members individualy their part must sing and that takes a lot of skills and hearing pracktice.

Its they "classic" Dies Irea and a poem of Robert Crawford (1868-1930) which I put in recently. That was the reason I could not finisch it years ago. I heard something in my head but I couldend explain to myself what?! Recently I find the answer it was this poem of Robert Crawford.

The choir must be divided in for groups of SATB's: 4x4 and must stand in the various corners of the room where the work is performed the Mezzo sopprano and Counter alto must be in the center of it. The organ above... Their must be an "question and answer" towards the choirs the Mezzo and Counter are the two persons who stand in the center and are the binding factors.

The work is diveded in three parts which are interconnected to each other.