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The Living Mountain

for soprano and ensemble
texts from "The Living Mountain" by Nan Shepherd
soprano and ensemble
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Mountains have always played an enormous role in my life, as an active mountaineer as well as a composer. At one point, I found a wide open, empty space for my soul to roam around … at other times climbing could be a challenge, I could experience extreme situations and dangers. What I never had experienced, though, was such a thorough and unpretentious look at the mountains as author Nan Shepherd or photographer Awoiska van der Molen have shown me. In Shepherd’s book it is not about mystifying the mountains or ‘testing oneself’. It is about discovering their beauty in one specific sound, in one look. It is about hearing the whole universe of music in one cry of a bird. And it is about hearing, feeling and experiencing yourself.
Thomas Larcher

Orchestral Cast

fl(pic)-2perc(timp, vib, crot, tub bells, steel pans, cowbell, cym, xyl, mar, b.d., tenor drum, wdbl, rainstick, lightweight paper, thundersheet-acc.pno(prepared)-str(


I "At first, mad to recover the tang of height"
II "As I reach the highest part of my dark moor"
III "In September dawns I hardly breathe"
IV "Once on a night of such clear silence"
V "Further up it is all snow"

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The Living Mountain
for soprano and ensemble
texts from "The Living Mountain" by Nan Shepherd
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
2019 - 2020
15 ′
World Premiere:
April 30, 2022 · Amsterdam (NL)
Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal
Sarah Aristidou, soprano · Conductor: Gregory Charette · Asko|Schönberg Ensemble

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Product number:
LSL 10507

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  • The Living Mountain
    Conductor: Pierre Bleuse
    Orchestra: Ensemble intercontemporain
    March 29, 2024 | Paris (France) , Cité de la Musique
  • The Living Mountain
    Conductor: Gregor Mayrhofer
    February 18, 2023 | Nürnberg (Germany) , Tafelhalle
  • The Living Mountain
    Conductor: Pierre Bleuse
    Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester
    December 12, 2022 | Hamburg (Germany) , Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
  • The Living Mountain
    Conductor: Bas Wiegers
    Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester
    November 10, 2022 | München (Germany) , Prinzregententheater — National Premiere
  • The Living Mountain
    Conductor: Gregory Charette
    Orchestra: Asko|Schönberg Ensemble
    April 30, 2022 | Amsterdam (Netherlands) , Concertgebouw, Kleine Zaal — World Premiere
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