ESTASI

for double choir, soprano, bass and electronics ad lib.



Estasi is a reduced version of VISIONI ED ESTASI, a work that was commissioned by the Flanders Festival in Mechelen
for the 2015 TENSO Days (International Festival for Contemporary Choral Music).

Estasi consists of 7 parts:

Prologue: Sacred Time
Ecstasy 1: Darkness
Interlude 1: Song of Memories
Ecstasy 2: Fire (Passion)
Ecstasy 3: Light (Goodness)
Interlude 2: Song of Compassion
Epilogue: Sacred Space

Ecstasy 1, 2 and 3 are for speaking chorus.
The Prologue is sung, Interlude 1 is for solo bass and Interlude 2 for solo soprano.

Inspiration for the composition came from a verse from the Latin Requiem Mass 'Lux Aeterna'. The original text was deconstructed, which showed that it has no semantic value, but its essence, the message of Light and Hope, is quite discinct. This message is embedded in most cultures and religions.
Much of Henderickx's music can be traced back to his interest in the Orient, but this work can be seen in a broader spiritual context.

The electronics serve to support the choirs, and merg and interact with the voices.


VISIONI ed ESTASI premiered at Saint Rumbold's Cathedral in Mechelen (BE) with James Wood as the general conductor.
It involved professional choirs from the Netherlands, France and Finland and amateur choirs from the city of Mechelen.




RECORDINGS

Available at Wim Henderickx

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)




INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

for double choir, soprano, bass and electronics ad lib.
(+/- 25')
first performance: 11 June 2017 at St-Pieterskerk in Ghent (BE)
Ars Vocalis, Arte Vocale & De 2de Adem
conductors Diederik Glorieux and Maarten Van Ingelgem
Tineke Van Ingelgem, soprano
Wilfried Van den Brande, bass-baritone






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