for children choir
marbles, parsley choppers, pitch instruments
Commissioned by Milano Musica
dedicated to: Hungarian Radio’s Children Choir and Gabriella Thész
First performance: Milano, Festival MIlano Musica, 26.10.2008
Hungarian Radio’s Children Choir, cond. G. Thész
Publisher: Edizioni Suvini Zerboni
I. cooking of mercury
II. the tree of knowledge
IV. the unicorn
Children choir, 4 parts: SSAA
with 4 parsley choppers + marbles, 2 pitch instruments
“The four delights of Jeroen Anthoniszoon” take the cue from four characters and arguments, extracted from different Hieronymus Bosch paintings: the triptych “Garden of earthly delights”, triptych “The Last Judgment”, etc.
The Unicorn, the Tree of knowledge, and other themes quoted in the movements, return frequently in those paintings, developing a fantastic representation of reality, of ethics, alchemy, sacred and profane, typical of Bosch imagination and of some literature of his time.
I’ve shown four different images, asking the children choir to use sometimes its own peculiar voice in a unusual way (white noises, phonemes), and I’ve helped the contestualization of those images and themes with some ordinary toys and tools: glass marbles, parsley choppers, pitch instruments.
“The four delights of Jeroen Anthoniszoon”, commissioned by Milano Musica, is dedicated to the Hungarian Radio’s Children Choir and to Gabriella Thész.
giovanni verrando © 2007