Revelations (This Early Song)

What can the words tell us about who we are and our civilisation?

A collection of 23 words, so-called cognates that the language scientists say are connecting all the languages of the Eurasian continent 15.000 years back in time, is the point of departure for this new work. Among the words, are the most robust pronouns, but also words like ‘bark’ (from the tree), ‘worm’ and the verb ‘to spit’, words that are no longer in normal daily use. Poet Aasne Linnestå and composer Maja S. K. Ratkje weave the words in with new sounds and poems and wish to give the words new colours of our own time.

Commissioned by Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival. Premiered by Marianne Beate Kielland and Engegård Quartet, Jakob kirke Sept 9, 2017.

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