TERRA MADRE Fred Sturm
Soprano Saxophone, Percussion, and String Orchestra
for Marco Albonetti
Video directed by Matteo Tondini
National Premiere recorded live at Teatro Masini in Faenza
Terra Madre (Mother Earth) is a musical plea for world unity that celebrates both the diversity and shared influences of indigenous music from nine different countries. Ethnic music, folk songs, and ancient works dating back as far as the 13th century are joined together in this contemporary chamber music setting.
Rajasthan is an example of Gypsy “Romani” folk music from Rajasthan, India’s largest state. Khangai is a Mongolian urtiin du (“long song”) that offers praise to Khangai Mountain. With origins in Tibet, Nagchu reflects the stark beauty of the mountainous landscape and the isolated, contemplative life of the nomad.
Ro Ro Til Fiskeskjaer (Row, Row to the Fishing Spot) is a traditional children’s song with origins in medieval France and is popular today throughout Scandinavia.
Appalachia (Cluck, Old Hen) is an early 19th century traditional American bluegrass fiddling and banjo tune from the eastern United States’ Appalachian Mountain range.
Sagari Ha (Falling Leaves) and Oharabushi are traditional Japanese meditative folk songs that are both drawn from the five pitches of the pentatonic scale that connect them to many other indigenous musics around the world. Motet is a 13th-century French work (composer unknown) titled Ne m’oubliez mie, part of a collection of 336 works currently known as the Montpellier Codex.
Rainforest incorporates a beautiful, ritualized dance melody create by the Mbuti Pygmy tribe of the Ituri Rainforest in equatorial Africa.
Round Dance is song from western Bulgaria with a meter of 11 beats per measure typically counted 1-2, 1-2, 1-2-3, 1-2, 1-2, and dancers move in “quick” and “slow” step patterns of QQSQQ.
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