In 2015, I completed my studies at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague with a recital focusing on the inability to express one’s love for someone. The programme consisted of four parts: the fear of speaking one’s mind, the ways in which we may distract ourselves from doing so, the resulting unavoidable awkward expression of love, and the aftermath.
To cover the third of these items, I asked my good friend and composer Georgi Sztojanov to set some of mine and his love letters to music – in a mini opera for four voices and string quartet. The result was Candle Light, a story moving from a child’s unconstrained declaration of love, to adolescent desperation, to when love has become something unbearably important. The music moves in sync with the story line from child-like play to chorales with a traditional feel to complete decomposition with free improvisation.
The piece is approxmately 20-25 minutes long. At the premiere in June 2015, love letters and items symbolising love were projected on a screen during the performance. These images were provided by many trusting friends – thus creating their own dimension of declarations of love.
If you are interested in learning more about this programme or are considering bookings, please don’t hesitate to contact me.