ATLANTIC WALL (VOIX DE L'OMBRE)

for mezzo-soprano, instrumental ensemble, video and electronics



ATLANTIC WALL for 7 musicians, electronics and video became a nice sequel to the previous work Wim Henderickx composed for HERMESensemble.
In this composition his aim was to let the electronics merge with the instruments in combination with Kurt Ralske's video. Also exploring the concept 'sound and resonance' and further detailed exploration of the human voice were very important issues in this work. The elements of nature water and fire constitute the underlying strength.




ATLANTIC WALL is looking back to the horrors of war, but in an introspective way. It wants to sublimate the deep human pain in an almost spiritual experience. War in relation with compassion.
The alternation between emptiness and fullness form the basic idea of this composition.
Wim Henderickx chose as subtitle VOIX DE L'OMBRE because the idea of the tone and its shadow was an important starting point in the creation process.

The electronics were realised in collaboration with Jorrit Tamminga. 




RECORDINGS

  Full Cd Wim Henderickx
Cd 'Triptych' (2014)
With NADA BRAHMA, ON THE ROAD and
ATLANTIC WALL
HERMESensemble, cond. Wim Henderickx
hermesensemble.be
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Mireille Capelle (mezzo-soprano), HERMESensemble & Jorrit Tamminga (electronics)

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)



INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

ATLANTIC WALL for mezzo-soprano, instrumental ensemble, video and electronics
(+/- 30')
(text: inspired by ‘Chanson d’automne’, Paul Verlaine)
Commissioned by HERMESensemble
instrumentation: mezzo-soprano, fl (+picc, alto fl, bass fl), cl (+bass cl) / vla, vlc / keyboards/ perc / electronics
first performance: November 4, 2012 at deSingel in Antwerp 
ISCM WORLD MUSIC DAYS 2012
by HERMESensemble, cond. Wim Henderickx
Mireille Capelle, mezzo-soprano
Jorrit Tamminga, live electronics
Kristof Bilsen, video







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