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Jos Kunst: Insecten

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Published on Jan 5, 2013

For 13 string instruments (1966). David Zinman conducts the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

The birds seem to laude the Lord with their eloquent music. So let this prizewinning composition by Kunst (1936-96) be an eulogy on our beloved tiny friends, the microcosmos, the creepy crawlies. An Anti-Messiaen.


"There is more love for the creaturely in one paragraph of Jean-Henri Fabre than in the whole of the Holy Bible" (Luis Buñuel, My Last Breath)

"The first time that we open a hive there comes over us an emotion akin to that we might feel at profaning some unknown object, charged perhaps with dreadful surprise, as a tomb" (Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee)

"What is this 'spirit of the hive' ? It disposes pitilessly of the wealth and the happiness, the liberty and life, of all this winged people; and yet with discretion, as though governed itself by some great duty" (Ibid.)

"He was drunk! Horribly drunk! Drunk as a flea that has swallowed three barrels of blood during the night!" (Comte de Lautréamont, The Lay of Maldoror)

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