solo baritone and large chamber ensemble (flute, clarinet, oboe,
horn, trombone, percussion, harp, violin, viola and double bass)
duration: 18 minutes
Inferno Verde (Green Hell) was written in
commemoration for the tenth anniversary of the death of Brazilian environmentalist
Chico Mendes, who won international acclaim for his non-violent campaign
to protect the rain forest on which both the rubber tappers and natives
depend for their livelihood. Encountering sharp resistance from local
ranchers he was shot dead in December 1988 outside his home in Xapuri,
an outcome that many had predicted.
The text was drawn from Mendes' personal correspondence, documents, stories,
interviews, and biographies. The work is a monodrama for baritone and
ensemble in six movements preceded by a prelude titled., I- Childhood;
II - Discovery; III - Xapuri; IV - Alliances; V - Farewell; VI - Epitaph.
Common features of the work include: the exploration of noise and timbre
transformation, the symbolical representation of the text through musical
gestures and the use of Brazilian percussion instruments.
Marcos Lucas was born in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil in September 1964. Between 1985 and 1990 he studied Composition
and Musical Education at the. Universidade do Rio de Janeiro - UNI-RIO.
During this time he also attended private lessons with Cesar Guerra-Peixe,
a leading composer in Brazil. Works from this period include: a piece
for string orchestra (Estratos) a piano sonata (dedicated
to Guerra-Peixe), a flute quartet, solo and duets for woodwind and string
instruments and a series of short guitar pieces.
After graduating he undertook a Master's Degree in Composition at the
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFW under supervision of Ricardo
Tacuchian, who gave the first performance of his work Estratos,
for string orchestra with the University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra
In 1995 he was awarded a federal scholarship to do a PhD in Composition
at the University of Manchester - England, (concluded in 1999) where he
studied with Professor John Casken. During his stay in England he received
a Procter-Gregg Award for his piece 'Distant Tunes' premiered by the Gemini
Ensemble. His String Quartet was also premiered by the Lindsay
String Quartet in February 1997.
In 1999 his work A Vision of Sulis (for: flute, clarinet,
piano, percussion and string trio) was selected by spnm and received
performances by the Paragon Ensemble Scotland in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
His orchestral work The Sleep of Reason, also selected for
performance by spnm, was given a world premiere by the University
of Manchester Symphony Orchestra in 1998. More recently - April 2000 -
his monodrama Inferno Verde, for baritone and large ensemble
has been shortlisted by spnm for the artistic season 2000/01.
Marcos Lucas has written music for different
ensembles (solo, chamber, orchestra and choir) and has been performed
in Brazil and in Britain by: The University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestral,
University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, The Lindsay String Quartet,
Harmos String Quartet, The University of Manchester New Music Ensemble,
The Paragon Ensemble Scotland. Since 1989, he has been lecturing Harmony
and Analysis at the Conservatorio Brasileiro de Musica and he is also
a music teacher at Colegio Pedro II.
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