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Imaginations II (1985/rev. 2023), melodrama for bass baritone and piano (and doll)

In Imaginations I (1978) I had used an imaginary text and modest theatrical elements. As my imagination had in no way been depleted, I felt the urge to compose a second part. I had more or less definite ideas about the structure of the composition then, but I did not get around to the actual composing until 1985. In 1982 however, I had altered my style of composing so drastically, that I was no longer able to utilize the idiom of part I. Finally I managed to find a style in-between, so to speak, in an idiom that I had not used before. The theatrical element as well is carried far beyond what I had employed there.

Though the composition is almost noted down to the last detail, the performers often seem to be improvising. The result is a composition in which the imagination is given a much freer rein than in part I, which is more modest. The minor third plays an important role.

The construction of the words is as follows. The consonants from the alphabet are organized using a system of rotation. The vowels are organized according to two sound circles. I retained the same textual construction as in part I, but permitted myself many more liberties.

The inside effects played by the pianist were inspired by Henry Cowells’ and George Crumb’s piano music. I performed their compositions many times.

Bass baritone Lieuwe Visser and Robert Nasveld performing the world premiere of Imaginations II. VPRO television, Holland Festival. Live broadcast 1986. Click on the photo.

Anchorman Ad ‘s Gravesande interviews Robert Nasveld about his Imaginations II. Click on the photo.

Have a look at the lyrics here.
Listen here to the pronunciation.