Lamento is a setting of the poem by Remco Campert. The cyclic verses — with their reps, almost repeats and their passacaglia-like rhythm — are actually music in itself: using a restrained vocabulary with great evocative power.
Campert's poem is the main guidance for the form of the piece. The endless circling of the music keeps pace with the verses: repeating and yet constantly changing, calmly undulating with the rhythm of the text, the layer of words that lets time elapse from ' here now' to 'never again'.
Large SATB Chorus
Lamento was composed at the request of Anthony Zielhorst and the choir Ad Parnassum, with financial support of the Fonds Podiumkunsten.
First performance: November 4, 2012 in the Abbey of Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Koningshoeven in Tilburg, by Ad Parnassum and Anthony Zielhorst.