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Carlos Veerhoff - VI. Symphony Desiderata
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Carlos Veerhoff
VI. Symphony "Desiderata"

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Alpha - Zeta 06:18 Share
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Symphonie No. 6 Desiderata - I 12:59 Share
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- II 21:45 Share
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- III 11:20 Share
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Pater Noster 11:35 Share
Total Time 01:03:57
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The a capella burlesque for a six-voice choir, Alpha – Zeta op. 54, was composed in 1986. “The alphabet belongs to the fundamental achievements of mankind. …. It is the alphabet that made possible the development of the rich system of utterances and communication, as it currently exists, and, with it, human culture and civilization.” (Veerhoff) The crucial questions still nag Veerhoff, even in such a short and witty piece for choir. The questions are also raised, albeit phrased differently, in his 1996 piece Symphony No. 6 ‘Desiderata’, which is dedicated to individuals who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. For this symphony, Veerhoff, guided by the ideas of freedom and liberty, used texts by Andrei Sakharov and Ingeborg Bachmann as well as passages from the preamble of the Charter of the United Nations and many other texts reflecting man’s quest for freedom, equality, and fraternity. It is particularly these passages in many different languages from French to Swahili that testify to the greatness of the piece and of the noble thoughts on which it is based. By contrast, the choice of Latin for his Pater Noster op. 51 signifies the distance between the text and concrete human existence.

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