Four Love Songs, op. 5: for Soprano and Piano (1997)
Lyrics: Katerina Stamatelos.
Duration: 9 minutes.
Karin Laine, soprano
Katerina Stamatelos, piano
Composers’ Workshop Concert, Clapp Recital Hall, The University of Iowa, School of Music, Iowa City, IA, February 23, 1997.
When the premiere of the Four Love Songs took place, my composition classmates (mostly young men) gathered around me to ask me "who" had inspired this poetry! I answered to them "nobody": and it was a fact. The poems were written during my adolescence (between 14 and 17 years old!). I had not known "love" yet. So, even for me, this poetry was perplexing. I reflected a lot about the question set by my classmates and, finally, I understood. The poetry clearly referred to a strong love experience of the...past! But, which past??? That was the main question.
At that time, I believed in reincarnation (I don't anymore). Under this perspective, this poetry made sense: it was a clear narration about the loss of a very strong love. Of a love that had waited for eons to be reborn: the poetry spoke of the longing for a reunion with my "Beloved One"!
The Beloved-One-That-Never-Came: the naivete of adolescence...Or simply...a
Fairytale: real love does not exist and every sensitive woman finds that out-sooner or later.
The painting above has been created at the age of 14, same age as the first on the Four Love Songs: it pictures a 'small harbour' exactly as in that particular song!
The recording of this composition was done during the live performance of the work at its world premiere, as stated above.