Adagio (2010)

commissioned by Maaike Roelofs
first performance: March 6-2011, Weesperzijde 83, Amsterdam

Starting-point has been the poem Adagio oet de Negende (Adagio of the Ninth) by the Groninger poet Lerus Roelofs. The composition is for a cellist (male or female) who, at the same time as playing his (her) instrument, has to sing the words.
The vocal part has been written for an alto voice, but in case of soprano, tenor or bass voices octave transpositions are allowed.