Two Bulgarian Songs
for soprano/mezzo soprano & viola
text by Elisaveta Bagryana
- Kladenetsut (The Well)
- Moe sartse (My heart)
The beauty of Bagryana’s poetry in her native tongue cannot be fully captured in English, so the composer, with the help of the Cultural attache at the London Bulgarian Embassy, set the original text with the rich tone of the viola as an accompaniment.
voice (soprano/mezzo-soprano) & viola
Range: g to f”
DATE OF COMPOSITION
21 October 1996 (World Premiere of Kladenetsut) Naomi Itami soprano & Roy Howat viola
Seasons of Change, Guildford Book Festival, Guildford, UK
1 December 1999 (World Premiere of complete work) Natalia Afeyan mezzo-soprano & Dorothea Vogel viola
Old Bexley Music Society, UK
1997 (Kladenetsut) Adele Johnston mezzo-soprano & Esther van Stralen viola
Australian Women’s Music Festival, Old Darlington School, University of Sydney, Australia
1999 Natalia Afeyan mezzo-soprano & Dorothea Vogel viola
European Academy for the Arts, London.
2002 Adele Johnston mezzo-soprano & Roy Howat viola
Town Hall, Hunters Hill, Sydney.