Ned Rorem

Componist: Ned Rorem
Naam werk: How like a winter
Jaar opdracht: 2012
Datum premiere: 29-10-2013
Locatie premiere: Kleine Zaal van het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
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Ned Rorem
Ned Rorem

Op verzoek van mezzosopraan Christianne Stotijn zette Ned Rorem drie Shakespeare sonnetten op muziek. De première van How like a Winter vond plaats in de Kleine Zaal van het Concertgebouw op 29 oktober 2013.

Ned Rorem (1923) is vooral bekend van zijn liederen, maar schreef ook tal van andere werken. Zo componeerde hij drie symfonieën, vier pianoconcerti en een reeks andere orkestrale werken. Rorem zei ooit: “Why do I write music? Because I want to hear it – it’s as simple as that. Others may have more talent, more sense of duty. But I compose just from necessity, and no one else is making what I need.”

Ned Rorem over ‘How Like a Winter : “Nothing can be said about music that the music itself can’t say better, except how it came to be written. Indeed, How Like A Winter was co- commissioned by the Eduard van Beinum Foundation and dedicated to the three performers: Christianne Stotijn, Joseph Breinl, and Rick Stotijn. Their three instruments – the human voice, double bass, and piano – seem invented to convey the verse of Shakespeare, the greatest poet of the English language.
The text is three interconnected Shakespeare sonnets, #97, #98 and #99, which express loss and separation using the theme of the seasons. Without love, it is always a cold, dark winter. The flowers of spring, the pleasures of summer and “teeming autumn” come and go but it feels like winter because of the absence of the one who is loved. A sense of nostalgia – of presence and absence – is conveyed. ”