This opening concert of the Budapest International Choral Competition, now with more than 30 years of history behind it, will feature a choral work with instrumental accompaniment by the outstanding Hungarian composer Levente Gyöngyösi, along with David Fanshawe's mass merging African folk music with classical traditions.
Around 50 choral ensembles from Hungary and abroad will participate in this competition and festival taking place between 14 and 17 April. The opening concert will kick off with Gyöngyösi Levente's choral work In te, Domine, speravi, which received its world première at Müpa Budapest in 2018. The piece is the part, set to music, of the 70th Psalm that sings of hope in God, in the composer's familiar and accessible style. The second part of the concert will feature African Sanctus. Dating f...rom 1972, it is the best-known work by English composer, folk musicologist and explorer David Fanshawe (1942-2010). Fanshawe spent the years between 1969 and 1972 voyaging around Africa, driven primarily by his longing for musical and cultural discovery. In the course of his travels, he lived as one of the local inhabitants, shared their joys and sorrows, participated in their ceremonies and glimpsed their 'backstage secrets'. African Sanctus was born out of his African collections, and combined original African recordings with live music. What is interesting about the work is that the melodies composed to the text of the mass are played over and simultaneously with the original African melodies, juxtapositions that include combining a Muslim prayer with the choir's Kyrie movement.
Cooperating partner of the event: meeting music
Presented by: Interkultur Hungária Közhasznú Nonprofit Kft., Müpa Budapest
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