Lebenslieder – Scherzo

version for chamber ensemble

Andrew Lewis

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Composer Andrew Lewis
Year of Composition 2018
Duration 7'30"
Forces fl/picc, ob/ca, a.cl, bn, hn, tpt, timp/perc, hp, keyb/elec, strings (
Categories (all composers) ,
Catalogue ID ce-al1l2


Lebenslieder is a song-symphony for orchestra or chamber ensemble with electronics. The vocal part consists of extracts from recorded interviews with people with dementia and their partners who care for them. Their voices are translated directly into orchestral material, bringing the experience of living with dementia into the concert hall, breaking the silence that often surrounds the topic, and giving voice to the real-life, day-to-day experience of what is fast becoming the defining medical condition of our age.

Scherzo, the second movement of Lebenslieder, considers the importance of reminiscence when more recent memories are being lost, and how, for some, humour can be an important way of responding positively to the challenges of life with dementia.

The composition of Lebenslieder was funded by The Leverhulme Trust as part of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2017. It was undertaken in co-operation with Professor Bob Woods of Bangor University, and the ACTIFCare research project, funded in the UK by the ESRC. I am grateful to Hannah Jelley (Research Project Support Officer, Bangor University), and to all the participants for sharing their thoughts and experiences: John Alderson, Sandra Alderson, Colin Davies, Judy Futter, Eric Jones, Gwen B. Meyer and two anonymous contributors.

The first (Daybreak) and third (Nachtmusik) movements of Lebenslieder are also available on Composers Edition. A complete (compiled) version of Lebenslieder is also available.

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