RAGA II (TOMBEAU)

for orchestra 



This work fits in Wim Henderickx's RAGA cycle and was commissioned by the Beethoven Academy in 1995.

RAGA II, with as subtitle TOMBEAU, was inspired by the Indian morning raga. There is a certain atmosphere to a raga. This morning raga or todi is composed of a series of seven notes, breathing an atmosphere of severity and sadness and at the same time deep love.

The motivation for writing a raga comes primarily from a strong interest in Eastern spirituality. Wim Henderickx's travels to India and Nepal have especially been a quest to get in touch with people and cultures. He tries to process all these impressions and influences in a pure and honest way into his music, never to imitate, but as a source of inspiration.

The composition contains two major parts, a slow and rapid motion, ending in a fading, ethereal coda. A classical orchestra is completed with a trombone, a harp and extra percussion instruments.




RECORDINGS

       

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

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)





INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

for orchestra
commissioned by the Beethoven Academy
(+/- 21’)
Instrumentation: 2 (+ 2 picc.), 2, 2 (+bass cl).1. cbsn / 2.2.1.0. / hp / perc (2 pl) / strings
first performance : 7 March 1995, de Singel, Antwerp
Beethoven Academie, cond. Jan Caeyers






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