Pannonia Boundless

 
Pannonia Boundless was commissioned by Kronos Quartet in 1997.  Always open to new experience and eager to explore a new artistic territory, Kronos asked me to do six minutes of virtuosic music that would be based on Gypsy tunes and would employ a specific playing technique of these nomadic musicians.  
After the research in Novi Sad radio archives and many visits to Gypsy taverns in Vojvodina, I wrote this piece as an homage to those musicians who from the margins of the society, as much as from the well know concert halls, have the power to touch our hearts.
Pannonia Boundless was released in 2000 on Kronos Caravan by Nonesuch, on Hello Kronos by Nonesuch, on Pannonia Boundless by TAJJ/SKCNS, and published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2007.
It was used in a movie Soupirs d’ame, by a Canadian director Helen Doyle, and in a ballet The Little Prince, by choreographer Dusan Tynek.


Pannonia Boundless je narucena od Kronos Kvarteta 1997. godine.  Uvek zeljni novog iskustva i mogucnosti da unesu novine u svoje sviranje, Kronos kvartet je trazio sest minuta virtuozne muzike koja se bazira na motivima romske muzike i koja bi koristila specificne izvodjacke tehnike ovih muzicara – nomada.
Posle preslusavanja starih snimaka iz arhiva Radio Novog Sada i mnogih odlazaka u vojvodjanske carde i kafane, napisala sam Panoniju u slavu svih muzicara koji sa margina drustva, nista manje nego sa poznatih svetskih scena, imaju moc da pokrenu nasa srca.  
Pannonia Boundless je izdata na Nonesuch CDu Kronos Caravan 2000. godine.  Izdavacka kuca Boosey & Hawkes je izdala kao partituru 2007. godine.  Delo je korisceno u filmu Soupirs d’ame kanadske rediteljke Helen Dojl i u baletu Mali Princ koreografa Dusana Tineka.


February 14, 2013 note:
          I wrote Pannonia Boundless in my grandmother’s house in Sombor, the same house in which I had stayed during the NATO air-raids in 1999.  A neighbor had died as collateral damage.  Today I learned that the piece was played by the best band in the world, the US Marine Band, at their chamber music concert in Washington, D.C.  Strange, beautiful life. 


 

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