Seither: Guarda in giù for 12-part Choir

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  • Composer: Charlotte Seither
  • Instrumentation: SATB Choir
  • Work Language: German
  • ISMN: 979-000654267-3
  • Size: 11.6 x 16.3 inches
  • Pages: 58


The title "Guarda in gui" (Look Down) works on two levels. On the one hand it refers to looking into one's own self and on the other hand to the low base of this composition which is conceived from the bass and is rich in overtones. The seemingly endless pulsating pedal tones and the spatial impact of the piece are supported by the freely-composed non semantic syllables which have a compelling effect. The text lacks a semantic meaning but is rich in abundant colourfulness and an immense force of expression. The intricacy of voices above the bass which combines differentiated vowel sounds as well as noise sounds reflects Charlotte Seither's perception of the voice as the most direct human form of expression.