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Fever


Upcoming concerts: Slotkoor dir. Fokke Oldenhuis, 23 and 24 July 2010 in Germany, 12 december 2010 in Amsterdam (for details see Concerts).

'Fever' was written for the 3rd International Choral Biennale Haarlem 2005 for the Nederlands Kamerkoor, commisioned by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. The work is based on the poem "The sick man" by Wallace Stevens.


The sick man


Bands of black men seem to be drifting in the air,
in the south, bands of thousands of black men,
playing mouth-organs in the night or, now, guitars

Here in the North, late, late, there are voices of men,
voices in chorus, singing without words, remote and deep,
drifting choirs, long movements and turnings of sounds.

And in a bed in one room, alone, a listener
waits for the unison of the music of the drifting bands
and the dissolving chorals, waits for it and imagines

the words of winter in which these two will come together,
in the ceiling of the distant room, in which he lies,
The listener, listening to the shadows, seeing them,

choosing out of himself, out of everything within him,
speech for the quiet, good hail of himself, good hail, good hail,
the peaceful, blissfull words, well-tuned, well-sung, well-spoken.


From: the collected poems of Wallace Stevens. (publ. Alfred A. Knopf, New York)