In keeping with its title, For Seven Days encompasses seven numbers, each of them a profound musical story for a different day of the week. Joining the pianist to make up the trio will be double-bassist Tibor Fonay and drummer Ákos Benkó.
David Fanshawe (1942-2010) was an English composer, ethnomusicologist and explorer. His musical oeuvre is situated at the crossroads of traditional and modern music. He wrote his best-known work, African Sanctus, in 1972.
His father was an English staff officer who was stationed in India for many years, which fired the composer's enthusiasm for unfamiliar cultures and travel. By his own account, he was only a child when he thrilled to the magic of Africa, and during his university years, he made his cherished dream a reality when he decided to set off for the continent. As he mapped out his route along the 1200-kilometre length of the Nile, he realised that it formed the shape of a cross. This gave him the idea of writing a geographically inspired mass that unites the peoples of the region by combining their cultures, traditions and music.
He finally made his African journey between 1969 and 1972. As he put it, many others had sought out and travelled through this magical and wonderful continent before him, and many others had reported on the ways of life and the cultures of the people living there, but nobody had yet recorded their music and ceremonies. Spending time in Egypt, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, he was motivated throughout the trip primarily by his yearning for musical and cultural exploration. His winning personality made it easy for him to develop one relationship after another with the local inhabitants, no matter what their ethnicity, religion or culture was, because he was always guided by two aims: curiosity (that is, getting to know the 'other') and humble respect. Over the course of his travels, he lived and breathed together with the people who live there, shared their joys and sorrows, took part in their ceremonies and got an insider's glimpse into their lives. His African collections gave rise to African Sanctus, the extraordinarily thrilling musical work in which original audio recordings from Africa are combined with live music. What is interesting about the piece is the fact that the tunes written to the words of the mass are played over, and simultaneously with, the original African melodies, in one case combining a Muslim prayer with the choir's Kyrie.
Presented by: Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok
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