Scene – Song cycle

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A song cycle that shows the classical Liedzyklus in a new light

The texts of these art songs are something most of us don’t even stop to read properly. Theatre plays start by telling us what the stage looks like: The balcony of Juliet, the terrace of Herodias. These words are loaded with meaning and drama, but at the same time they have almost poetical clarity. They tell us where and the drama is going to happen. And with the help of experimental music theatre and nuanced use of the singing voice these texts are woken up by the singer.

Any number of the songs may be performed in a concert in any order. The songs are written to be premiered by different voices and different instruments. The accompanying instruments include: piano, violin, viola, kantele, and saxophones.

Four Debussy parts were commissioned by Xenon ensemble.

Full list of Hyytiäinen’s songs, including the different versions can be found here.

The parts (as of August 2020)

  • Waiting for Godot
  • 4.48 Psychosis
  • Salome
  • Three sister
  • Debussy – Le Martyre de saint Sébastien
  • Debussy-Jeux
  • Debussy – Usher
  • Debussy – Pelleas et Melisande
  • Les Indes Galantes

Performances

June 3rd 2019 in Cité internationale des arts

Marine Boustie, soprano

Dejana Sekulic, violin

 

September 30th and November 25th 2018 in Schwartze Villa and Villa Elisabeth

Ensemble Xenon:

Margarete Huber, Sopran

Kathrin von Kieseritzky, Saxophone

Mike Flemming, Viola

Claudius von Wrochem, Violoncello

 

May 16th 2017 by Opera on Tap, Chicaco: The Elbo Room

Mezzosoprano Kelly Bourget

 

March 18th 2017, Music Hall, Helsinki

Dramatised Concert: Omin Äänin

Anna-Maija Oka, soprano

Irina Cederberg, kantele

Maritta Manner, piano

Juho Eerola, dramaturgy, director

Ensemble Xenon playing Debussy parts of Scene

Other projects:

Mytomato

a funny multidisciplinary music theatre piece about the tomatoes as emancipation for voice, piano and video

Voice is Voices

a sound and video installation for four coloratura sopranos about voices and identities