Fantasia Ricercare

Fantasia Ricercare - Marcus Siqueira

Although Ceren Necipoglu, who met the Brazilian composer Marcus Siqueira through their common friends Lilian Tonella Tuzun, requested a new harp work from the composer, this idea could not be implemented in the lifetime of the artist due to the composer's busy schedule. After Necipoglu's death, the composer wrote his “Fantasy Ricercare” in order to complete the musical idea which could not be realized before. In the formation of the work is the contribution of Richard Wagner's prelude of Lohengrin, with which the composer relates the concept of heaven. The composer reinterpreted the ideas he had gained from analyses of the Lohengrin Prelude with ricercare, a musical form used in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Siqueira describes the process of composing the work in the booklet of Ceren Necipoglu's Memorial Concert dated 29 May 2010 as follows:

I felt I couldn't give Ceren anything better than a gift from Wagner. I thought and edited a scene in which Lohengrin, a gentleman from Tavola Redonda, would take part. I pictured Lohengrin, accompanied by his Swans, being sent to rescue Ceren from the waters with a raft while I was working. Immediately after the most important part of the staging, I felt intense inspiration.

Elsa, the daughter of the Prince of Brabant, who died in the first act of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin Opera, from which the composer was inspired, is brought to court for trial against the  unfair accusations made against her. Elsa, who is drawn to her inner world by grief at the time, states that a Knight appears to her in her dream, and she chooses him as her protector in the presence of God. By order of the King, The Messenger summons this knight, shouting twice. As the heartfelt prayers of Elsa and the women beside her rise to the sky, Lohengrin is seen approaching, riding on a sandal pulled by a swan in the river. Lohengrin, who came here to rescue Elsa, is the protector of Ceren Necipoglu in the work. The structure of the work, fantasy, provides the composer with a free movement space, independent of the form. The atonal and polyrhythmic structure of the melody intensifies throughout the work, preparing the listener for the chaotic chord depicting the plane's fall. The name of the fantasy consisting of metaphors, ricercare, means “searching” in Italian. The polyrhythmic structure represents the turbulence of the aircraft and the elements of the storm. This structure ends by representing the fall of the aircraft with the cluster chord that appeared in the last time of the 73th measure.  The part after this point of the work depicts the arrival of Lohengrin. Here, the composer plays Wagner's melody of Lohengrin's Swans from the tape in a position that accompanies the harp. Lohengrin comes for Ceren.

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