Calliope Tsoupaki

Vocal / choral music

O THEOS VOITHOS IMON (2016) 6′
for female choir & organ
text: Fragment from Psalm 61 [Greek Byzantine]
commissioned: by Gregorian Choir
premiere: expected June 2016, Den Bosch

MÉLENA IMÍ (2015)
for soprano, cornetto & viola da gamba
text: Fragment from Song of Songs by Solomon, in Greek Byzantine.
composed: for Bruce Dickie and Hana Blazikova specially for their program “Breathtaking”
commissioned: by Bruce Dickie
premiere : by soprano Hana Blazikova, cornetto Bruce Dickie & viola da gamba Mieneke van der Velden
27 November 2015 AMUZ in Antwerp, Belgium.

ME TO FEGGARI… (2014) 13′
subtitle: Me to feggari perpato
for soprano and cello quartet
The composition is based on a song from the Greek Island Kalymnos, Me to Feggari perpato (= I walk with the moon) [Greek text]
commissioned: by Amsterdam Sinfonietta & the Cello Biennale
premiere: by Nora Fischer and members of Amsterdam Sinfonietta.
20 October 2014, Cello Bienalle 2014 (program Prayer and Dance) – Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam
3 November 2014 , Cello Biennale, (program Cello Coupé) – Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam

OEDIPUS’ DREAM (2014) 4′
for choir and double-reed wind quintet (oboe, clarinet, alto saxophone, bassoon & bass clarinet)
The piece is composed within a 24 hours enclosure of the composer in a glass house at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ from 6 March 2014. 16.00 till 7 March 16.00. The concept “Far From Home” was meant to show to the public the loneliness of the creative composing procedure and is commissioned by Calexax ensemble and the Netherlands Chamber Choir.
The composition is included later in a different setting, as introduction (Parodos) of OIDIPOUS oratorio.
text: fragment from the original text of Sophocles tragedy, Oedipus te Colonus
commissioned: by Calexax Ensemble and the Netherlands Chamber Choir.
premiere: 3 April 2014 by Calefax and the Netherlands Chamber Choir

RING I, II, III (2013)
for choir
commissioned by the Dutch Opera (DNO) for the occasion of the performance of Wagner’s Ring.
The compositions embrace and incorporate several light motives from the Ring Opera Cyclus.
Premiere: 2 November 2013 at the Boekmanzaal, at the City Hall & Opera House (Stopera). The performance was shaped & directed by Miranda Lakerveld
Ring II was sung under selected trees in the city of Amsterdam where people could simultaneously make their wish for 2014, for a better world, with respect for humans, animals and the planet, a life we all dream of. The activity was named “Boom Amsterdam is an opera”

BLACK MOON (2012) 10′
for bass singer and bass clarinet
text: Nasos Vayenas, fragments from Barbarous Odes XIII & XIV. [ Greek]
composed for Andreas Fischer ( New Vocal Soloists Stuttgart) and Gareth Davis bass clarinet
premiere: November Music Festival, 9 November in Muzerije (Hofzaal) in Den Bosch

a. MET FRIED UND FREUD (2012)
variation on the melody “Met Fried Und Freud ich fahr dahin” by Luther
b. JESU (2012)
variation on the melody “Jesu meine Freude” by Johann Crüger
for choir and baroque ensemble
German text.
premiere 28 August 2012 at the Domkerk in Utrecht, during the Early Music Festival.

ENITE TON KYRION (2011)
Liturgic composition for choir and organ
text: fragments from Psalms 148 & 150 in Byzantine Greek
composed for the Choir of Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, and the organist Jacob Lekkerkerker
commissioned by Oude Kerk, Amsterdam

O EN TIS OURANÍS (2011)
Fragment from Snt Luke Passion especially arranged for tenor Marcel Beekman and baroque ensemble for his concert “Viagem no Tempo”
for tenor , recorder, baroque violin, viola da gamba, archlute, harpsichord & organ
text: fragment from Snt Luke Evangelio [Byzantine Greek]
premiere: 19 February 2011 at Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ,
Marcel Beekman & recorder Anthónio Carilho, baroque violin Antoinette Lohmann, viola da Gamba Mieneke van der Velden, archlute David van Ooijen, harpsichore Marco Vitale, organ Fabricio Ancanfora.

EL VIENTO (2010) 21′
for qanun, string quintet & choir
text: “El viento en la isla” by Pablo Neruda ( Los versos del Capitán) [Spanish]
composed for Venus Choir, and Bassem Alkhouri, solo qanun.
commissioned by the “Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumkunsten”
premiere: 18 June 2011 – Amstelkerk in Amsterdam & 25 June 2011 Geertekerk Utrecht
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LA NOCHE (2009) 18′
for flugelhorn & choir
text: “La noche en la isla” by Pablo Neruda ( Los versos del Capitán)
composed for the Netherlands Chamber Choir and trumpet player Andre Heuvelman
commissioned by the “Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumkunsten”
premiere: 16th of March 2010 – Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam

EDEM (2008) 25′
for choir and chamber ensemble.
Composed for the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Asko/Schöenberg ensemble.
text: “Oniro” by Dionisios Solomos (Poet of the national Greek anthem) [Greek]
commissioned by the “Nederlands Fonds voor Podiumkunsten”
premiere: 9 November 2008, during the Netherlands Music Days of 2008 – Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
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FOUR SONGS FROM THE FORMER CYCLUS “THE FACE OF LOVE”
(1997-2009)
Arranged for Egidius Vocal Quartet and Rotterdam brass quartet [Greek]
A. FOUR SONGS
1. S’AGAPO (Ik hou van je), (I love you), (1997)
text: Viktoria Makri
2. ELA I GLARI M’ANAGELNOUN (Kom, de meewen kondigen mij aan),
(Come, the seagulls announce me), (1999)
text: Giorgos Saradaris
3. I ANIXI EFTASE (De lente is gekomen), (The spring has come), (1999)
text: Maria Polydouri
B. KAVAFIS SONGS
1. FONES (VOICES) (2010)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for tenor & piano
arranged for tenor & brass quartet
composed for the tenor Marcel Beekman
2. ETSI POLY ATENISA (2007)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for vocal quartet a cappella
composed for Egidius vocal quartet
3. MAKRYA (Ver weg), (Far away), (1999)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for countertenor & brass quartet
composed for Peter de Groot
4. MERES TOU 1903 (2006)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for vocal quartet & brass quartet
composed for Egidius vocal quartet
5. THIMISOU SOMA (2010)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for tenor & piano
arranged for tenor & brass quartet
composed for Marcel Beekman
6. O SEPTEMVRIS TOU 1903 (2009)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for counter tenor, tenor, trumpet & flugelhorn
composed for Egidius vocal quartet
7. O DEKEMVRIS TOU 1903 (2009)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for two baritones & two trombones
composed for Egidius vocal quartet
8. EPESTREFE (2010)
text: Kostantinos Kavafis
for tenor & piano
arranged for tenor, flugelhorn, & two trombones
composed for Marcel Beekman
9. O GENNARIS TOU 1904 (2009)
for vocal quartet a cappella
composed for Egidius vocal quartet

THYESTES (2005) 20′
for baritone singer & orchestra
composed for the Sweelinck Orchestra and Romain Bischoff
dedicated to Professor latinof the Univercity of Amsterdam Harm Pinkster.
commissioned by the Univercity of Amsterdam in honor of Prof. Pinkster
text: Fragments from the tragedy Thyestes by Seneca (Latin)
premiere: June 15, 2005 – Concertgebouw – Amsterdam

O ZUYDERSTE LUCHT (2003) 13′
For mixed choir
Composed for the Groot Omroep Koor for the Netherlands Music Days 2003.
text: Antonis De Roovere (ca 1430 – 1482) [Early Dutch/Flemish]
commissioned by the “Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst”
premiere: 13 December 2003 during the Dutch Contemporary Music days Festival in the main hall of Vredenburg in Utrecht

MARIE (2000) 12′
version 1: for vocal quartet & recorder quartet
version 2: for vocal quartet
composed for Egidius vocal quartet and recorder quartet Brisk.
text: Antonis De Roovere (ca 1430 – 1482)
commissioned by Egidius and Brisk
publisher: ASCOLTA

VITA NOVA 1st part (2000) 12′
for alto & harpsichord
composed for Ayelet Harpaz
text: La Vita Nuova by Dante

THE FACE OF LOVE
9 Greek songs for alto soprano & piano
1. S’ENA FILO (Aan een friend), (for a friend), (1995) text: Maria Polydouri;
2. ANEMOS FYSA (Wind waait aan), (wind blows), (1997) text: Calliope Tsoupaki;
3. S’AGAPO (Ik hou van je), (I love you), (1997) text: Viktoria Makri;
4. ELA I GLARI M’ANAGELNOUN (Kom, de meewen kondigen mij aan), (Come, the seagulls announce me), (1999)
text: Giorgos Saradaris;
5. ONIRO (Droom), (Dream), (1995) text: Maria Polydouri;
6. I ANIXI EFTASE (De lente is gekomen), (The spring has come), (1999) text: Maria Polydouri;
7. MAKRYA (Ver weg), (Far away), (1999) text: Kostas Kavafis;
8. IME TO LOULOUDI (Ik ben de bloem), (I am the flower), (1995) text: Maria Polydouri;
9. ELA MAZI MOU (Kom met me mee), (Come with me), (1995) text: Maria Polydouri
The song cycle was composed for the Greek singer Nena Venetsanou and is recorded on the
CD The face of Love produced by Music Box International, in Greece.

THE HUNTING GUN (2000) 50′
for soprano (or 3 sopranos), violin & viola: one player, clarinet in B flat & basset horn in F: one player, cello & piano.
text: Fragments from the novelle “The Hunting Gun” by Yasushi Inoue [English]
commissioned by: Ensemble Wendingen.
premiere: by Wendingen, March 17, 2000 – Amstelkerk – Amsterdam

E GUERRA E MORTE (1997) 30′
for mixed choir and baroque ensemble
(2 barock violins, viola da gamba & theorbe)
text: Torquato Tasso from Gerusalemme liberata [Italian]
commissioned by the “Rotterdamse Kunststichting”
premiere: Cappela Amsterdam, conductor Daniel Reuss, 14/1/1998, Paradijskerk, Rotterdam

NOSTOS (1997) 20′
for singer, octet (violin, recorder, electric guitar, bass clarinet, trombone, doublebass, percussion & piano) & soundtracks.
text: Anamesa stin thalassa a folk song from Thrace.
commissioned by:Fonds Scheppende Toonkunst
premiere: Maarten Altena Ensemble, February 1997, theatre Frascati (Rumorie serie) – Amsterdam

UBI SUM? (1996) 11′
for soprano & piano
text: fragments from Seneca’s “Agamemnon”[Latin]
commissioned by “Universiteit Amsterdam” in honour of Pof. Harm Pinkster
premiere: Janni Pranger soprano, Gerard Bouwhuis piano 1996 – University of Amsterdam

LINEOS (1995) 16′
for choir & chamber ensemble
text: Epigrammes from the Palatine Anthology [Ancient Greek]
commissioned by the “Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst”
premiere: the Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor, cond: D.Reuss, 1996, Leiden

EPIGRAMMA (1995) 6′
for choir & orchestra
text: Kratis (Palatine Anthology) [Ancient Greek]
premiere: Greek Metropolitan Chorale & the B.Martinu, Orchestra, cond: G.Tsontakis, 1995 – Alice Tully Hall – New York

a. OFFERANDE (1993) 8′
for fortepiano & female singer (mezzo sopr.)
text: Rozalie Hirs
premiere: Elise Lorraine soprano, Deborah Richards fortepiano, 1993 – The Hague
b. UNTITLED LOVE (1993) 1′
for fortepiano & female singer (mezzo sopr.)
text : Albin Mullner
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MELOS HIDISTON (1991) 16′
for female singer (mezzo sopr.), tenor recorder,viola,cello, doublebass & piano
text: Fragments from the High Song [Greek]
commissioned by: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and the Stichting Prime
premiere: Marjanne Kweksilber soprano & chamber ensemble from Groningen, 1991 – Oosterpoort – Groningen

SAPPHO’S TEARS (1990) 15′
for violin ,tenor recorder & female singer (mezzosopr.)
text: Fragments from Saphpo’s poems [Ancient Greek]
premiere: Marjanne Kweksilber soprano, T.Suzuki recorder, M.J.Schrener violin, 1993 – Concertgebouw – Amsterdam

PARAKLITIKON (1990) 16′
for choir
text: Fragments from David’s Psalms [Greek]
premiere: Vinus Choir, cond: Daniel Reuss, 1993 – Utrecht