RAGA I

for solo percussion



This work for solo percussion fits in Wim Henderickx's RAGA cycle and has been originally composed for PERCUSSION AND TWO PIANOS in 1994, commissioned bt the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp.

RAGA I also exists in a version for PERCUSSION AND ORCHESTRA and for PERCUSSION AND CONCERT BAND.

The composition consists of two contrasting movements. The first part is slowly meditative and poetic, the second part is fast and has tremendous rhythmical drive.

For the melodic material, Henderickx was inspired by the Indian modi, which determine the atmosphere of the music. This work combines the morning raga and the evening raga.

The rhythmic material is based on the Indian tala structure. Accents and adornments provide the variation in the music within a certain number of beats.

As well oriental as African percussion instruments are abundantly used in this work.



RECORDINGS

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version perc.+orch. 

 

Megadisc MDC 7833 (1999)
RAGA I, II, III
RAGA I
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Of Flanders, cond. Grant Llewellyn
Gert François, percussion, Leo De Neve, viola

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)





INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

RAGA I for percussion solo
(+/- 18’)
first performance: November 21, 1996 at the Conservatoroire Brussels
Gert François, percussion






RETROSPECTRE