Elegy I: Jealousy

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Jacob de Haan

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General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 13:20
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts (print) Unknown


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Program Notes

Elegy I: Jealousy has been named after John Donne’s poem of the same name. This English poet (1572-163 1) wrote an entire set of elegies, each with its own theme. Jealousy can trigger various emotions, ranging from disappointment, grief, or regret, to madness and anger.

All these emotions have been incorporated into this composition. I was inspired by three different art forms: a poem (the aforementioned work by John Donne), a painting by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (Jealousy) and an old French chanson about jealousy (Je ne I ‘ose dire) by the 16th century French composer Pierre Certon. The music refers repeatedly to this chanson, sometimes through motifs from the melody that serve as the starting point for new, isolated themes and sometimes through quotations of the original version. The beginning of the composition, for example, is a succession of different tempos and themes, in which a succession of different emotions is expressed. After visiting an exhibition with paintings by Edvard Munch (1863-1944) in the Emden Kunsthalle, I decided to incorporate the mood of the painting Jealousy into this composition. The painting shows the face of a rejected lover filled with emotion in the foreground, and a happy, loving couple in the background. The slow middle part in particular echoes the evocative emotion of the Lamentoso-theme. In the closing Allegro Vivace, this theme leads to a climax, in which madness and anger play a part as well, which leads to the final Allargando in which the initial bars of the chanson sound once more in full splendor.

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