Karawane (Wytze Oostenbrug)

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Editor: Wytze Oostenbrug (submitted 2021-06-10).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 149 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Karawane
Composer: Wytze Oostenbrug
Lyricist: Hugo Ballcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: Invented language
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2016
Description: In 1916, Hugo Ball created the Dada Manifesto, making a political statement about his views on the terrible state of society and acknowledging his dislike for philosophies of the past that claimed to possess the ultimate truth. The same year as the Manifesto, in 1916, Ball wrote his poem "Karawane," a poem consisting of nonsensical words. The meaning, however, resides in its meaninglessness, reflecting the chief principle behind Dadaism. Some of his other best known works include the poem collection 7 schizophrene Sonette, the drama Die Nase des Michelangelo, a memoir of the Zürich period Flight Out of Time: A Dada Diary, and a biography of Hermann Hesse, entitled Hermann Hesse. Sein Leben und sein Werk (1927).

At the end of 2016, the Nieuw Kamerkoor Delft asked me to write an arrangement for choir on this text, which could be performed at a concert in June 2017 around 100 years of De Stijl.

Since the beginnings of serial techniques and extra-musical expression emerged in music during the time of DADA, I have based the music on a few rules, which are meaningless in a musical sense, but do establish a relationship with the text. In principle, the melodic line is determined by the vowels; each vowel gets its own characteristic pitch resulting from its properties according to the vowel triangle. The harmonies can also be traced back to the properties of the vowels. See below for further explanation.

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Original text and translations

Invented text

Karawane
jolifanto bambla ô falli bambla
grossiga m'pfa habla horem
éniga goramen
higo bloiko russula huju
hollaka hollala
anlogo bung
blago bung
blago bung
bosso fataka
ü üü ü
schampa wulla wussa ólobo
hej tatta gôrem
eschige zunbada
wulubu ssubudu uluw ssubudu
tumba ba- umf
kusagauma
ba - umf