Work of the Week - Fazıl Say: Hermiyas
The D-Marin International Festival, located in Turkey near the popular holiday destination Bodrum, operates under the motto: music unites cultures. This year’s festival runs from 31 July to 4 August, with the world première of Fazıl Say’s Hermiyas - The Boy on the Dolphin at the opening gala on 31 July. Naci Özgüç conducts the Presidential Symphony Orchestra, and the composer himself will perform the solo piano part along with mezzo soprano Serenad Bağcan, Laurenz Sartena as the child soloist and Selçuk Yöntem in the role of the narrator. The composition was commissioned for the festival’s tenth anniversary and its libretto was written by Özen Yula.
In creating Hermiyas, Say was inspired by the myth of the boy Hermias and his dolphin. The two become friends after Hermias is rescued by the dolphin from drowning during a trip at sea. Later, the boy does drown. The dolphin brings his body back to the beach, lies down beside the boy and dies of grief. This story of boundless friendship is an apt beginning to a festival celebrating friendship between cultures – a theme that Say champions in much of his work.
It’s my nature and desire to unite people through music without any borders, not even in the mind. Music is very powerful. Music needs no translation. Everyone understands it - Chinese, Turkish or German people. A great musician is someone who is able to reach people in a positive or dramatic way. When talking about human nature, music plays an important role. – Fazıl Say
Other national and international stars of classical music, including tenor Jose Cura, soprano Fatima Said, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and the first Turkish Youth Orchestra, among others, can be seen at the festival.
- Fazıl Say - composer profile
- Hermiyas - Work details
- Bodrum-Turgutreis D-Marin International Festival 2014
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