David Longstreth of Dirty Projectors presents Song of the Earth, a suite for orchestra and voices.
The new composition, which will be receiving its American premiere with the LA Phil, grew out of an engagement with Gustav Mahler’s 1908 orchestral song cycle, Das Lied Von Der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Where Mahler’s union of symphonic and song forms was a meditation—by turns joyous, angst-ridden, and wistful—on the cyclical character of life and death, nature, and the transience of all things, Longstreth explores these themes through the lens of the Anthropocene.
Song Of The Earth was originally commissioned for André de Ridder and his brilliant s t a r g a z e ensemble by the London Barbican and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie in coordination with the Helsinki Festival.
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