Tchikidan

Suite dogorienne pour choeur d'enfants et orchestre
Duration: 50 minutes
Orchestration: Children's choir, soloists and orchestra children choir and with audience participation
Words / language: Dogorien
Titles :1. T'cham kiel ! 2. Vôlki 3. Tchouka 4. Djeskania 5. Biöchki 6. Brâtcho 7.Kadjou 8. Kolchäni 9. Dioukani 10. Chänoukia 11.Kien-Téra 12. Tchäkatoumia
13. Moïtchou 14. Mishti 15. Djia (final)


Available in 2 VERSIONS: Symphonic, Wind Orchestra

1° SYMPHONY VERSION:
2.2.3.2. / 2.3.2.1. / timp + 4*. /children choir + child. solist / strings.
*2 temple-blocks , tam-tam, triangle, vibra-slap tambourine, claves, several sets of two toms on foot, several snare drums, suspended cymbal, shocked cymbals, symphonic bass drum, jazz drum kit, xylophone, vibraphone, tubular bells.

2° WIND ORCHESTRA VERSION:
flûtes 1-2, Clarinettes 1-2, Clarinette basse, Saxophones altos, Saxophones ténors, Saxophonses barytons, Cors en Fa 1-2, Trombones 1-2, Trombone base, Euphoniums 1-2, Tuba(s) en ut, Timbales,
Percussions 5 : *2 temple-blocks , tam-tam, triangle, vibra-slap tambourine, claves, several sets of two toms on foot, several snare drums, suspended cymbal, shocked cymbals, symphonic bass drum, jazz drum kit, xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, tubular bells.

Presentation of the work
THE LEGEND OF TCHIKIDAN
A popular troupe is said to have put on a show with acting, singing and dancing children telling the enigmatic story of Dogorian nomadism. Here are some of the songs, either recovered from the famous Proszeshniak manuscript or passed on by oral tradition. Their narrative and theatrical nature gives us an idea of what this popular operatic genre might have been. A poster bearing the title of the show has been found recently, proving public performances were held. Tchikidan was previously the name of a great annual Dogorian festival when children held sway. On that occasion they could express their desires and wishes for the coming season. Hadn't it been a secular celebration it could have been compared to Christmas in our society. Those seven days of jubilation were punctuated by singing and very often dancing, as always with Dogorians.


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