Erkki-Sven Tüür's Ärkamine (Awakening) will be performed by the Estonian Chamber Choir and the German Chamber Orchestra Berlin conducted by Daniel Reuss in Berlin Philharmonie on 26th May 2011. The composition was commissioned by the city of Tallinn, European Cultural Capital of 2011. The première took place there on 10th March 2011.
Erkki-Sven Tüür writes: Poems by classical and contemporary Estonian authors form the literary ground the composition rests on. The various poems speak of the wonders of Spring making life return to earth in a language reminiscient of silent prayer. I want the music to make a new whole of the Christian notion of the resurrection at Easter and the archaic-pantheistic thinking of the wilderness of nature reawakening to life. That each notion should receive equal weight was very important to me during my work. (Erkki-Sven Tüür). The melodic lines of the choir make reference to Estonian runic songs, but they are not quotations: The way in which I build my melodies is reminiscient of the folksongs of my country, but I do not cite historic material in the process. Really what we a listening to in Ärkamine is a musical drama reflecting the image of nature awakening by way of a musical language transporting and expressing both primeval spiritualism and ethereal transcendent notions. The music is to show that we must awake in a spiritual sense in order to find ways of understanding and a new clarity. Hence we are speaking of an awakening of the spirit.
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