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Kurtág György: Four Poems by Anna Akhmatova

for Sopran Solo and Chamber Ensemble


Op. 41
Setting: Chamber Music with Voice
Period: Contemporary Music
Language: Russian
Duration: 15'
Length: 68 pages
Format: A/4
Published: March 2013
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 14212
Other reference: K-118
ISMN: 9790080142127
The first performance of György Kurtág's song-cycle written to poems by Anna Akhmatova took place on January 3rd, 2009, in the Carnegie Hall, New York. In this work it is evidence of the exceptionally intimate relationship between the text and the music, that the composer originally imagined the songs as a single vocal solo. The parts for the instrumental ensemble, with their characteristic colours, only later became paired with the vocal solo. The Russian language and the identification with the female figure make the Akhmatova songs an organic sequel or rather a belated successor to the song-cycles Messages of the late R.V. Troussova and Scenes from a Novel. (Zoltán Farkas)


For Alexandr Blok