ENDURING LIKE A TREE UNDER THE CURIOUS STARS #6

I’ve been commissioned to compose works for choir for Stefhan Caddicks openings event of the renovated ‘Llwyn Celyn’ house by Landmark Trust, on October 5 and 6. The sheer wealth of material about the place, landscape, history, language and nature gathered by research, by knowledgable commissioners, professionals, friends and colleagues is such a treat, I’ll be blogging little snippets to share the joy.

Llwyn Celyn is one of the finest surviving medieval hall houses in the heart of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, which is being restored into it’s full glory by the Landmark Trust. Click on the above links to read more.

Ockeghem - Prenez Sur Moi - Jobina Tinnemans

Johannes Ockenghem

I was wondering which tunes were hot around 1420 when my friend Dan turned around and sang me ‘Prenez Sur Moi’ by Johannes Ockenghem. Since Dan is from around 14-15C but somehow landed in 2018, he must be reliable source!

Ockenghem is a Flemish composer, sort of from around my native area and I thought it might be fun to sneak a little bit of my genetics into the music …so I took after him. (see what I did there? ha!)

‘Prenez Sur Moi’ was going round in Europe around 1450s. Lyrically it’s a bit of a cheeky song with a dark undertone. Technically it’s a canon consisting of three parts in different keys. The difference in pitch gives each part a different feel. A beautiful challenge to work with.

For the first movement of ‘Enduring Like A Tree Under The Curious Stars’ I wanted to focus on the passing of time, something the title carries so elegantly. A canon is perfect for it – technically it can go on forever, there isn’t really a beginning or an end, it nestles in a moment of time. Ockenghem’s three different keys I changed into four, to voice the four seasons over the choir’s SATB ranges.

Four Seasons, Countless Years’ is a slow, pensive work, reminiscent of sacred music, worshipping time and nature. The lyrics are in the nearly extinct Gwenhwyseg dialect. Here is the Soprano part ‘Spring’  I wrote with help of notes and glossaries:

 

Amsar ō’r dīwadd dīni cadeira yn y cwm ma   
Time finally wakes up stones in this valley

Blōta ācor i llycid yn ārath nêt ācos Pen-Y-Glec        
Flowers open their eyes in a fine speech near House-Of-Gossip

Dēra dinīwad cyfordis yn y bwa’r wibran
Come comfortable innocence in a bow in the sky

Amsar traddōti, am bỳth āarth mōr annepyg â dŵr ā thɛ̄n, o dan y sêr diarth
Time tells tales, for ever as different as water and fire, curious under the stars

 

Premiere and performances are coming up soon!

‘…as the Raven knows of singing’ is producing artist Stefhan Caddick’s umbrella title for the openings event, which takes place on October 5 and 6 at Llwyn Celyn, Cwmyoy, Black Mountains, Wales.

Admission is free but ticketed. You can obtain tickets and more information from the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cynefin-of-this-place-tickets-48551002355

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#modernmedieval #choralmusic #llywncelyn #blackmountains #breconbeacons #bats #gwenhwyseg #cymru #whatdoesanartistdoallday #enduringlikeatreeunderthecuriousstars #october5and6

@stefhancaddick @LandmarkTrust @unicornsingers @HeritageLotteryFund

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES performances

 Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Central / Caponier

are the titles of the two on-location panoramic scores I created for the Fort Process Festival, named after the locations they are situated in – the Central Gun Placement and the Caponier Tunnel of Fort Newhaven, East-Sussex, UK. Last Saturday, Sept 22, these pieces premiered.

Here are a few impressions.

Maria Marzaioli prepping the 42 meter long #panoramicscore #graphicscore ‘Central’ at Fort Process. #Hyperanalog looping in the central gun placement of Fort Newhaven. #inkandbrush #landscape size #composition.  Photos by Agata Urbaniak.

Jobina Tinnemans - prepping 'Central' - photo Agata Urbaniak

 

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Performing violinist Kev Nickells lending a hand and trying to make sense out of my slightly garbled instructions by means of random vocalisations and pointing at things.

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Agata Urbaniak made some great photos of the Fort Process festival, last Saturday. This is a photo of ‘Caponier’ #panoramicscore #graphicscore. It wraps around the corner. Approximately 28 metres long.

Jobina Tinnemans - 'Caponier' - photo Agata Urbaniak

 

 

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #6

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

Finished pieces ‘Central’ and ‘Caponier’ probably the only time they will be this ritualistically neatly folded. #premiere #panoramicscore #graphicscore this Saturday #Sept22 #FortProcess #Newhaven UK. #inkandbrush #nature #landscape size #composition #composer

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Central and Caponier

 

UNDO. #controlZ #hyperanalog #electronics #panoramicscores#graphicscores #fortprocess #Sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - undo

 

Work in progress. Living it large at 388pt! No Sibelius or Finale in sight. #laptopfree#inkandbrush #panoramicscore #graphicscore #104metres #premiere #sept22#fortprocess

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - 388pt font

 

104 metres of #graphicscore #panoramicscore patiently waiting till #premiere this Saturday!!! #central #caponier #fortprocess #festival #newhaven #inkandbrush

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - 104metres

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #5

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

my job today painting #panoramicscores #graphicscores #minimalism#workinprogress #inkandbrush #hills #roomwithaview #composer

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - painting

 

Somehow I always end up stitching my scores? #workinprogress #panoramicscores#graphicscores #canvas #fabric #inkandbrush on grass #fortprocess #Sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - stitching

 

Today was a good day. Even though this line went absolutely rubbish  Done 24 metres. #painting #panoramicscore #graphicscore #workinprogress #fortprocess#sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - painting on wall

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #4

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Garn Fawr detail

The Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

If the weather is going to be as forecasted I’ll be painting 40 metres of graphic score tomorrow, scary stuff!!!! This detail of my scale model will be about 8 metres long… #panoramicscore #inkandbrush premiere #FortProcess #Sept22

 

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - Garn Fawr detail

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FORT PROCESS – PANORAMIC SCORES #2

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - scale models

Fort Process festival, a production by the Lost Property arts collective, commissioned me for a new panoramic score composition, after last year’s IMAGIRO Landmannalaugar.

Work in progress.

Cut and splice #newanalog #hyperanalog #realtape #reeltape #graphicscore#panoramicscore #modular #composition #fortprocess #sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - Panoramic scores - cut n splice

 

I. Cannot. Stop. #scalemodel #panoramicscore #graphicscore #fortprocess #sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - scale models

 

Somehow I can never find my metal rulers for cutting, but I always find my saw… 😂#andsoitbegins #panoramicscore #graphicscore #40metres #scalemodel #fortprocess#Sept22

Jobina Tinnemans - panoramic scores - saw

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