Walter Niemann: Theme and Variations inspired by Camoẽns’ Lusiaden, op. 25

“The work, without programmatic tendencies, aims to give a coherent picture of Portugal’s heyday and heroic thirst for adventure, painted in the colours of the south, and is preceded by the verses of her classic poet and glorifier of Vasco de Gama’s East Indian voyage of discovery as a poetic motto: “Lend me now sublime, mighty sound and great, eloquent language” Camoẽns (Luís Vaz de Camões), Os Lusiadas, Book I.