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Matija Krečič: "Three Slovenian Folk Songs" (2009, 2011, 2013)

Instrumentation: Mixed Choir
First performances: Radovljica, October 2010 Ingenium Ensemble (Vöra bije); Maribor, July 2011 Ingenium Ensemble (Linčica turkinčica); Ljubljana, June 2013 APZ Alojzij Mav (Rozmarinska vejka)
 
About the work (from preface to the edition):
Vöra bije, a Prekmurje folksong, is set in a calm tempo and rhythmically moves the quarter notes and half notes in a very rich four-voice harmonization.
Linčica Turkinčica is a folksong from Resia, harmonized for six voices (SSATBB). A thoughtful introduction with an oriental melodic touch (relating to the lyrics) evolves into the part where the tenor presents the Resian tune, accompanied by male voices. The tenor then passes the tune onto the soprano, and a rather vivid rhythmic, skillfully gradated by the composer, is heard in the other voices, leading to a very lively, cheerful and determined closing part.
The composition Rozmarinska vejka, with a main Prekmurje tune, is presented in a harmonization for 4-6 voices by Krečič. A brief intro with a firm fifth foundation in the tenor and the bass paves the way for the main tune, first presented by the baritone, accompanied by female choir, and followed by the the tune in soprano, backed by a variegated harmonization and a vivid bass line. In the middle part, composer uses the introductory motivity, and brings it beautifully to the closing part that features, in a large dynamic rise and a quick fall, the basic tune in soprano line for the last time.
Primož Malavašič

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