Thurémin — music for choir, strings & organ
“Thurémin signifies the depth of human emotion. The serene and the complex. The light and the dark. Written in a turbulent period of my life, Thurémin was a means to express myself. A way to get to the core of my emotional state of mind. I consciously chose to work with a non-existent language. The lyrics were derived from a constructed set of syllables, chosen for the sound and mood they conveyed throughout the piece. Thurémin was originally recorded with the Latvian Radio Choir in Latvia and has since been performed by a number of music ensembles, particularly in the United States.” - Maarten
COMPOSITION & ORCHESTRATION:
ORIGINAL CHOIR PERFORMANCE BY:
Latvian Radio Choir
RECORDING PRODUCED BY:
Thurémin is regularly performed across the globe. See the performances page for an up-to-date calendar.
Thurémin is self-published by Maarten. If you are interested in performing Thurémin, please contact Maarten directly. Both single/multiple-performance and digital/printed-delivery options are available. A sample PDF score is available on request.
Soprano: 6 recommended, 2 minimum
Alto: 6 recommended, 2 minimum
Tenor: 6 recommended, 2 minimum
Bass: 6 recommended, 2 minimum
Violin I: 10 recommended, 2 minimum
Violin II: 8 recommended, 2 minimum
Viola: 6 recommended, 2 minimum
Cello: 4 recommended, 1 minimum
Contrabass: 2 recommended, 1 minimum
2 players recommended, 1 player minimum
Stops used: 8’/ 4’/ 2’
Pedals used: 16’/ 8’/ 4’
An alternative orchestration of Thurémin that replaces the church organ part with woodwinds is currently in the works. This means Thurémin can (soon) be performed outside of the context of a church.