Two poems to Polly

Solo for a speaking cello player

Description

Text: Lady Sarashina “As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams”
English translation: Ivan Morris

 

“Two poems to Polly” is a spoken song performed by the cellist, who is speaking and playing at the same time. The composer used the poems written a thousand years ago by a Japanese woman known as Lady Sarashina, who was a poet at the imperial court. The poems are interpreted as a dialogue between a man, who is waiting for his deceased lover to come back from the other world, and the voice that answers from there.

/Peter Eötvös/

 

Libretto

Performances

29 Aug, 2019
Giverny, France

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Festival de Musique de Chambre de Giverny
Eglise Notre Dame de I´Isle, Giverny

14 Nov, 2018
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

György Déri

27 Feb, 2018
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Psy, Cadenza, Two poems to Polly

Ditta Rohmann, cello
Miklós Lukács, cimbalom
Márk Fülep, flute

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Elbphilharmonie

16 Aug, 2015
Bregenz, Austria

Eötvös: Now, Miss!, Two poems to Polly, Korrespondenz, Die Lange Reise

Ensemble Modern
Bregenz Festival, Lake Studio

14 Mar, 2015
Melburne, Australia

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)
Georgia Ioakimidis-MacDougall

4 Dec, 2014
Salzburg, Austria

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Eric Byers
Dialog Festival

14 Jul, 2014
Szombathely, Hungary

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly, Cadenza, Harakiri

Alter Ego Ensemble (Roma)
International Bartók Festival

4 Jul, 2012
Rheingau, Germany

Eötvös: Harakiri,Two poems to Polly, Natasha, Sonata per sei

Rheingau Music Festival

Eötvös: Harakiri
Eötvös: Two poems to Polly
Eötvös: Natasha
Eötvös: Sonata per sei

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

Schloss Johannisberg Geisenheim

 

3 Apr, 2011
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Ditta Rohmann, violoncello

22 Mar, 2009
Caen, France

Eötvös: Paris-Dakar, Music for N.Y., Two poems to Polly, "Now, Miss!", Un taxi l´attend... Erdenklavier-Himmelklavier

Musicians of Orchestra de Caen

21 Mar, 2009
Grenoble, France

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Musée de Grenoble

Emile Bernard

14 Mar, 2009
Ile-de-France, France

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Cefedem
Ile-de-France

Emile Bernard

13 Mar, 2009
Ile-de-France, France

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Cefedem
Ile-de-France

Emile Bernard

27 May, 2008
Zug, Switzerland

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Céline-Giulia Voser, violoncello

 

7 Jun, 2007
Seattle, USA

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Joshua Roman

27 Mar, 2007
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Steine, Two poems to Polly

Musik Messe

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

26 Mar, 2007
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Steine, Two poems to Polly

Musik Messe

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

3 Feb, 2007
Paris, France

Eötvös: Natasha, Thunder, Erdenklavier-Himmelklavier, Two poems to Polly

Ensemble Aleph

27 Feb, 2006
Lisbon, Portugal

Eötvös: Psy, Two poems to Polly

Cond: Peter Eötvös
London Sinfonietta

Gulbenkian Foundation

7 Oct, 2004
Gütersloh, Germany

Eötvös: Chinese Opera, Shadows, Two poems to Polly, Windsequenzen, Snatches of a conversation

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

6 Oct, 2004
Dortmund, Germany

Eötvös: Chinese Opera, Shadows, Two poems to Polly, Windsequenzen, Snatches of a conversation

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

26 Sep, 2004
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly, Chinese Opera, Snatches of a conversation, Windsequenzen

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

25 Sep, 2004
Schwaz, Austria

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly, Chinese Opera, Snatches of a conversation, Windsequenzen

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

3 May, 2004
Zürich, Switzerland

Eötvös: Psy, Psalm 151, Kosmos, Two poems to Polly, Dervish dance, Zwei Promenaden

Studio für Neue Musik
Komponistenforum
Hochschule für Musik Zürich

May 3-7

4 Jul, 2003
Vitasaari, Finland

Eötvös' portrait

Eötvös' portrait
Time of Music Festival
Kosmos (Jukka Tiensuu)
Kosmos (Emil Holmström, Joonas Ahonen)
Derwishtanz (Päivi Kiljala, Heikki Nikula, Kaisa Koivula)
Psy (Mikael Helasvuo, roi Ruottinen, Joonas Ahonen)
Drei Madrigalkomödien (Finnish Radio Chamber Choir)
Harakiri (Mikael Helasvuo, Lauri Toivio, Piia Komsi, Kari Kaarna, Reijo Kela)
Windsequenzen (Uusinta - Zagros Ensemble, cond. Susanna Mälkii)
Two poems to Polly (Roi Ruottinen)

4-5-6 July, Time of Music Festival

19 Oct, 2002
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös' chamber music pieces

Eötvös: Mese (Tale)
Eötvös: Solitude
Eötvös: Kosmos
Eötvös: Two promenades
Eötvös: Derwischtanz
Eötvös: Two poems to Polly
Eötvös: Intervalles-Interieurs

Cond: Peter Eötvös
UMZE Ensemble

Budapest Autumn Festival, October 19-26

1 May, 2002
Glasgow, UK

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Anthony Carter

19 Jan, 2002
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Psalm 151, Psy, Two poems to Polly, Windsequenzen

Musikfabrik
Cond: Franck Ollu

10 Jul, 2001
Avignon, France

Eötvös: Psy, Two poems to Polly, Kosmos, Windsequenzen, Shadows, Korrespondenz 

Psy
Two poems to Polly
Kosmos  (two piano version)
Windsequenzen
 (UMZE Ensemble Budapest)
Shadows (UMZE Ensemble Budapest)
Korrespondenz (Arditti quartet)

10-25 July
UMZE Chamber Ensembe Budapest

24 Sep, 2000
Strasbourg, France

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Anssi Karttunen

20 Jan, 2000
Paris, France

Eötvös: Psy, Two poems to Polly, Intervalles-Interieurs, Kosmos

Eötvös: Psy, Two poems to Polly, Intervalles-Interieurs, Kosmos
(Psy: cymbalon version)

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble InterContemporain

Musée D'Orsay

28 Sep, 1999
Düsseldorf, Germany

Eötvös: Chinese Opera, Psy, Steine, Windsequenzen, Psalm 151, Two poems

Chinese Opera, Psy (marimba version), Steine, Windsequenzen, Psalm 151(four players), Two poems
Musikfabrik Düsseldorf

8 Apr, 1999
New York, USA

Eötvös: Two poems to Polly

Darrett Adkins

Details

Genre:
Duration:
5 minutes
Date:
1998

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Orchestration     

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Two poems to Polly
Chamber Music - Solo instrument
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