UK vocal ensemble EXAUDI will give the world premiere of a brand new work by Ergodos co-director Garrett Sholdice as part of their Exposure 2014 event taking place in the Bishopsgate Institute, London, on Saturday 18 October 2014. Sholdice’s work, Col Tuo Lume, sets words from Dante’s Paradiso. The composer writes of the work:
Col Tuo Lume means ‘with your light’ in Italian. The sung text is from the first canto of Dante’s Paradiso. The words describe Dante’s entrance into the first sphere of heaven and his first encounter with Beatrice, his guide. The preternatural revelations he experiences are related in ecstatic prose. My piece is also searching for a certain ecstasis, a certain revelation. Through its declamations, repetitions and elisions the music is ever-turning, ever-sifting, ever-trying to soar. The madrigals of Monteverdi and Gesualdo were ringing in my ears somewhat as I composed, particularly the suave fourth book of the former (1603) and the eccentric fifth book of the latter (1611). For me, the declamatory nature of this music often takes on a rather ritualistic atmosphere. It’s something I feel very close to.
The Exposure 2014 programme also features music by Gervasoni, Harrison, Oesterle and Crane. Following the London premiere (to which admission is free), EXAUDI will also present the Exposure 2014 programme in Wiltshire on 19 October and Durham on 29 November. Full details for all events may be found at http://www.exaudi.org.uk/whats-on/.