Osvaldo Golijov (1960)
Night of the Flying Horses (2002)
for soprano and orchestra
- General information
Composition date :
- Duration : 8 mn
- Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
Libretto (details, author) :
Texes de Sally Potter.
- Composition date : 2002
- Vocal music and instrument(s) [1 female voice and orchestra]
- soloist : soprano
- 2 flutes (also piccolo, alto flute), oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, celesta, strings
Dawn Upshaw : soprano, Minnesota Orchestra, direction : Alan Gilbert.
Œuvre également disponible en version instrumentale uniquement.
Night of the Flying Horses starts with an Yiddish lullaby that I composed for Sally Potter's film The Man Who Cried, set to function well in counterpoint to another important music theme in the soundtrack: Bizet's Aria Je Crois Entendre Encore, from The Pearl Fishers. In her film Sally explores the fate of Jews and Gypsies in the tragic mid-years of the 20th century, through a love story between a Jewish young woman and a Gypsy young man. The lullaby metamorphoses into a dense and dark doina (a slow, gypsy, rubato genre) featuring the lowest string of the violas. The piece ends in a fast gallop boasting a theme that I stole from my friends of the wild gypsy band Taraf de Haïdouks. The theme is presented here in a canonical chase between two orchestral groups.
Osvaldo Golijov, site internet du compositeur.