Four world premieres by Elmer Schönberger

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At the second concert in a series devoted to Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Feb. 17 in De Doelen in Rotterdam mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf and the Doelen Ensemble will premiere Elmer Schönberger’s vocal cycle Caliban sings – three songs for the alleged ‘monster’ in Shakespeare’s play…  

At the second concert in a series devoted to Shakespeare’s The Tempest on Feb. 17 in De Doelen in Rotterdam mezzo-soprano Cora Burggraaf and the Doelen Ensemble will premiere Elmer Schönberger’s vocal cycle Caliban sings – three songs for the alleged ‘monster’ in Shakespeare’s play. Only in the third song, ‘Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises’, Caliban is free of anger and becomes engrossed in soft canons, distant sounds and sweet mandoline tunes.

The program also features two new ensemble pieces by Schönberger: Variations on Richard Farnaby’s Nobodyes Gigge from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (ca. 1600) and Solemn and strange music. The latter was named after the imaginary music sounding during a fairy-like Tempest scene when ‘strange Shapes’ bring in a banquet.

The concert opens with an ad hoc arrangement of the Tempo impetuoso from Vivaldi’s Concerto no.2 in g minor, Op.8, RV 315, ‘L’estate’.

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