Kheer Tal


Instrumentation:

Flute 1 Timpani
Flute 2 / Piccolo Percussion I/II/III
Oboe 1 Tambourine, Bass Drum, Snare Drum
Oboe 2 Sus. Cymbal, Piatti, Finger Cymbal, Tam-Tam  
Clarinet in Bb 1 Rain Stick, Shaker, Sistrum, Triangle, Mark-Tree 
Clarinet in Bb 2 Tibetan Drum, Wind Machine 
Bassoon 1 Glockenspiel, Tubular Bells, Xylophone
Bassoon 2  
  Morkin Khuur / Mongolian Singing
F Horn 1  
F Horn 2 Harp
F Horn 3  
F Horn 4 Violin I 
Bb Trumpet 1 Violin II
Bb Trumpet 2 Viola
Trombone 1  Violoncello
Trombone 2  Contrabass
Basstrombone   
Tuba  

Duration: ~23:00

Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig, more commonly known as Epi, is one of the most prolific worldmusic instrumentalist to date. Epi and I knew each other for quite some time before I figured that I'd like to write something specifically for him and his unique and extraordinary musical capabilities. The first time we collaborated dates back to 2013 where he was featured in "Voyage", he was both singing and playing Morin Khuur in  "Alone in the Sands" and "Riven Heights".


The Philharmonie Baden-Baden had previously worked with Enkhjargal on varied occasions, but they planned to collaborate in a rather special concert series, the "Rosengarten Konzerte" in Baden-Baden on the Beutig. Besides the performed music, the location offers a breathtaking view over the black forest and its countless valleys.
When the decision was made that Enkhjargal is part of the concert we both talked to each other and figured it would be a great opportunity to try something new and see if we can come up with something that was crafted and written specifically for him. 

Kheer Tal is a 3 part suite for Morin Khuur (Horsehead fiddle), Tuvan throat singing (Over- & Undertone singing) and symphonic orchestra. The suite takes reference to both the Mongolian culture and Mongolia as a country, such as the landscape or things one would imagine when thinking about Mongolian traditions, such as horses races or eagle hunting. It was important to me to have enough space for improvisation and only work with very basic ideas when it comes to Epi's parts. One of the most essential aspects of ethnic musical culture is the spirit, the spontaneous outburst of music and expression during a performance. This will also mean that any performance of Kheer Tal is unique in its own right.

 

Besides the premiere of Kheer Tal, also premiered was "Aarv Eeij", a song that Epi wrote and dedicated to his parents, it was his wish to have it performed with orchestra.

I arranged the orchestral version of the song.

 

  I. Kheer Tal (The Steppe)  
  II. Ligl Nisleg (The Eagle Flight)  
  III. Morin Uraldaan (The Horse Race)  
     
      Additional music:   
  IV. Aarv Eeij (Oh Father, Oh Mother) Composition: Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig
    Arrangement: Fabian Joosten

Photos from the premiere of Kheer Tal (Photos by Nathalie Dautel)

 

Premiered: 22.06.2018 

Orchestra: Philharmonie Baden-Baden

Conductor: Mark Mast