for bass-baritone and bassoon
Poetry from The Joyful Wisdom by Friedrich Nietzsche,
translated by Thomas Common and M.D. Petre
Duration: ca. 12'
Premiere: Chimera New Music ::: May 2017 ::: Boston, MA
Vicissitudes are the ups and downs in life; the many things
we expect and don’t expect. The text is drawn from the
prologue to Nietzsche’s The Joyful Wisdom known as
Jest, Ruse, and Revenge. While many of the poems have
an upbeat and quirky aesthetic, several of the poems
possess a more serious subtlety. These texts were less of an exploration of significant events, but more of a provocation of the many rights of passage and how to best navigate through all of the murky situations in life.
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