This 1973 work is a collection of 22 folk songs from around the world, spanning the soundworld of the Italian resistance, to former Vietnamese president Ho Chi Minh’s ‘Prison Song’, and African American poet Dudley Randall’s Roses and Revolution, a cornerstone of the Black Arts Movement.
Of the work, Henze says: ‘These voices you hear are always the voices of the offended or humiliated . . . never the voice of the victorious, always the voice of defeated people finding other value, other notes, other voices for themselves.’
Written for mezzo-soprano, tenor, electronics and 15 instrumentalists, playing around 70 different instruments, it is a feat of contemporary composition. David Atherton, co-founder of the London Sinfonietta, conducts this provocative tour de force.
RepertoireHenze: Voices for mezzo-soprano, tenor, electronics & ensemble
Contains strong language and sexual references