Four Colonisations

for soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet and cello

Rob Fokkens

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for soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet and cello

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Composer Rob Fokkens
Year of Composition 2005
Duration ca.6'
Categories (all composers) , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-rf1fc1


Four Colonisations has its origins in two songs for voice and piano I wrote in 2004 – Water is taught by thirst, written for Ros Mizen and Antonio Cascelli; and Elegy, written for Rebecca Ivey. For a concert on the Isle of Skye in February 2005 by Natalie Raybould, Sarah Watts and Rosie Banks, I reworked these and wrote two new songs. This little set I scored for soprano, clarinet/bass clarinet and cello.

The colonisation of the title refers simply to the fact that I have appropriated these texts for my own musical and aesthetic agenda, which has South African music – significantly removed from the aesthetic world of all three poets – firmly at its core. Xhosa bow music is the central influence, operating throughout these pieces – and in all of my more recent music – as a structural and technical foundation.