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Songs of exile and wandering

songs of wandering and exile_Page_1The Divan of Moses ibn Ezra of Castelnuovo-Tedesco (1966) is the central work in the program Songs of Exile. With the Divan of Moses ibn Ezra Castelnuovo-Tedesco composed his spiritual testament. He used the texts of Moses ibn Ezra, the Hebrew poet with whom he has so much in common. Both expelled from birth ground and far from the place that formed them. The same way as Moses ibn Ezra wrote his poems in the evening of his life, far from his family in Granada, composed Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco his song cycle close to the end of his life, far from his loved Italy.

The theme, exodus, is topical due to recent developments whereby many people are forced to leave their homelands. This is a motive to again perform this song cycle. Poets Moses Ibn Ezra was a Judaeo-Arabic poet and scholar, there was mutual respect between Jewish and Arabic philosophers and poets and they inspired each other. The form Divan (diwan) is an Arabic poetic form, an overview of an oeuvre that presents the most important stylistic idea’s and subjects.

The program length is 60 minutes. The 19 songs are combined with spoken texts.

Esther van Zijl – soprano | Tom Edskes – guitar

Train of Thought


| Esther van Zijl (soprano) | Ana Valero Betran (viola) | Ruud Harte (guitar) | Ivan Ortega (euphonium) | Russ Zokaites (bass trombone) | Iris Gruber (saxophone) | Arend Gerds (composer)                                  | Jos Groenier (theatre) |

Train of Thought is a project designed to recreate the emotional and physical aspects of a trip. With selections from  Duparc, Gerds, McComas, Takemitsu, Penderecki and various traditional folk songs, woven together by Arend Gerds’ sound scape, Train of Thought will captivate and invigorate any audience. Music, just like traveling, is experienced in a linear time frame. One moment is experienced after another and both moments effect our perceptions. However, like all performance art, once the trip is over, it only exists in our memories. | | ToT2014