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The Singing House

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On the far side of the village is the Quaggi – The Singing House. Only men may enter; it is where they go to pray. In times of plenty, the men sing hearty songs of gratitude to the various gods of the Arctic. In times of desperation, they fall into a trance of smoke and dark and sweat and hunger. Arms linked, stomping the holy ground, repeating of the same syllables, the great hunters of the village reach for the gods with outstretched arms.

What does a 10 year old boy imagine of this place? Banned from entering, just like the women, but knowing in his heart, unlike the women, that one day he will be granted entry into the inner sanctum, a young boy of the village can only guess what goes on inside that large tent. He hears from a friend that the sorcerer sings his magic songs and calls upon the Spirit of the Reindeer, and his songs make the wind blow and the ice crack to reveal the seal below. Anxiety and yearning and fear wiggle through his body. One day he would take his place in the Quaggi and learn the secrets of the hunters.

But at fourteen an Inuit feels himself a man, and Kotuko was tired of making snares for wild-fowl and kit-foxes, and most tired of all of helping the women to chew seal-and deer-skins (that supples them as nothing else can) the long day through, while the men were out hunting. He wanted to go into the quaggi, the Singing–House, when the hunters gathered there for their mysteries, and the angekok, the sorcerer, frightened them into the most delightful fits after the lamps were put out, and you could hear the Spirit of the Reindeer stamping on the roof; and when a spear was thrust out into the open black night it came back covered with hot blood.

 

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In a first listening, when the winds come in (m. 9) I found everything "confusing", like clusters in movement. Well, soon that made sense, in the whole piece.

I think this is an exquisite score. The piano is wonderful. I'm a big fan of this work of yours.

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2 hours ago, Luis Hernández said:

In a first listening, when the winds come in (m. 9) I found everything "confusing", like clusters in movement. Well, soon that made sense, in the whole piece.

I think this is an exquisite score. The piano is wonderful. I'm a big fan of this work of yours.

 

Thank you Luis for your kind words, and for always taking the time to listen to my new work. I really appreciate it.

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