Gábor CSALOG: Buffet of Existence – song cycle
Gábor CSALOG: Behind Curtains
LászlóKéringer tenor, GáborCsalog piano
Conductor: András Keller
"Your songs are new and familiar at the same time. While listening to them, I feel their separate, textual existence ceases. Still they prompt me to re-read their text, or more precisely, to read them as song lyrics, immersing profusely in the details, pondering over the possibilities of a continuation, similarly to writing (and reading).” – These lines were written by Lajos Parti Nagy to the composer of the song cycle “Buffet of Existence”, Gábor Csalog, after having heard the music based on his own poems. The song cycle composed in 2019-2020 by the piano player Csalog sets seven out of the several hundred verses of the Parti Nagy poetry volume to music. The baritone solo is accompanied by piano. Later, this core material was expanded, and a tuba and accordion also joined in as accompanying instruments. The audience will now have the opportunity to hear the premiere of this expanded song cycle, followed by Csalog’s orchestral piece Behind Curtains. The composer himself commented on his piece to be performed by an orchestra sitting at various spots within the concert hall: "What is behind the curtain? If we draw it, we can see what we did not see before. But when we could see or hear something, another curtain may come before us, concealing everything again. At other times, we ourselves are the curtain that separates what is behind and what is ahead of us. Or, we can allow the music behind and the music ahead flow through us, and perhaps for a moment, these two can merge in us and become one."