for 8 voices and 4 instruments

Publisher

Year of Composition

2017

Detailed Instrumentation

  • SSAATTBB
  • Violin
  • Clarinet
  • Violoncello
  • Piano

Approximate Duration

15 min.

Text by

António Nobre

Prizes

Performances

July 2017 at Cine-Teatro Garrett, Povoa de Varzim; Clepsidra Ensemble, Afonso Fesch (violin), João Paiva (clarinet), Filipe Quaresma (violoncello), Miguel Borges Coelho (piano), António Saiote (conductor). (premiere)

About

(rough translation)

 

 

FOR NOTHING

 

THE FIRST MAN
Oh, how the world is big! And I alone! Great is the torture!
Nobody! My father is the Sky. My mother is the Mountain.

 

THE MOUNTAIN
My hairs are shadowy pines
And the veins in by body, the blue Rivers.

 

THE RIVERS
We are the sweat that Summer asperses
We are, in January, the Moon’s holy-water!

 

THE MOON
I am the bullet, still in the Air, since the war
Against God, that the Earth fought in its beginning…

 

THE EARTH
And I one of the apples, the first among others,
That a certain Virgin saw fall from an apple-tree!

 

THE APPLE TREE
So many are still to fall! Come and pick them,
Shake the apple-tree and stars will fall!

 

THE STARS
On the Sea, at night, we reflect, looking,
And so we give shape to the sea-stars…

 

THE SEA
I am a priest. My Holy Gospels are made of water:
Red lightning bolts, light up my altar!

 

LIGHTNING BOLTS
We are (on the contrary, even though so is written)
The ignis fatuus from cove of Infinity.

 

INFINITY
I am the sea without squall, the place of final rest.
Here disembogues the river of Hope.

 

HOPE
I am dead, brothers! but there stayed my robes,
In your world: I gave them to the cypresses.

 

THE CYPRESSES
Pointing towards the Heavens, like funereal fingers,
We were planted on the dust of quiet Cemeteries…

 

THE CEMETERIES
Basement, bunkbeds, all are full!…The Heavens engrossed!
Not even Josaphat can fit this wave of dead!

 

THE DEAD
Centuries fall, one after the other, like blocks,
And we, as always, sleep, eternal sleepyheads!

 

António Nobre, in ‘Só’