"Madrigals" 2009


Str - Solo Mandolin
Commissioned by the Adele and John Gray endowment fund

The Work

“Madrigals” is inspired by Gesualdo’s miraculous madrigal, “Mercè grido piangendo”, being quoted in the very end of the piece. Similarly to madrigal writing, the writing for the strings is largely focused on independent flowing lines rather than a group vs. a soloist. The solo mandolin plays a double role - both as an ordinary voice through the flowing lines and as a leader, commenting on and leading the action.

The Composer

Composer and Pianist Matan Porat was born in 1982 in Tel-Aviv.
His works have been commissioned and performed by the Geneva Camerata, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Academy, the Israel Symphony Orchestra and by such renowned performers as Andreas Scholl, Maria João Pires, Kim Kashkashian, Avi Avital, Cuarteto Casals and Nicolas Altstaedt. They were premiered at the Berlin Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig and Schleswig-Holstein festival. Porat has been the composer in residence at the Lockenhaus festival, festival Mizmorim in Basel, Chamberfest in Cleveland and at Intonations festival in Berlin. David Orlowsky’s CD, featuring Porat’s work “Lux Aeterna,” has won the ECHO Award in 2011; Porat’s piece “Whaam!”, recorded by pianist David Greilsammer for Sony, was released in 2012.