RAGA III

for viola (and electronics)



RAGA III was originally composed for VIOLO AND ORCHESTRA, a commission of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in 1995. In 2012 Wim Henderickx made some adjustments to this work to achieve a better balance.
In 2010 Wim Henderickx wrote a solo version for viola (and electronics) and in 2016 for viola d'amore.

RAGA III was built on a raga with as central notes C, Des and G. The first and slow part is breathing an atmosphere of melancholy and spirituality. The viola plays with the guidelines 'half awake - sad but spiritual' and presents the basic material of the work, while the orchestra is displaying the harmonic field of the music in a kind of tempura accompaniment. The Tempura is a classical Indian instrument that is also known as the tambura, it has a soft and slow droning sound. 

In the second and fast movement, subtitled 'waving - lively with inner joy', there is a build-up to a big climax. This is repeatedly interrupted by ethereal intermezzi, in which the viola enters into a dialigue with different solo instruments of the orchestra.

The very slow coda, subtitled 'an evening prayer' guides the work to a soothing, almost surreal ending.

Wim Henderickx and Jorrit Tamminga developed the electronics to accompany this Raga III (2010).

 




RECORDINGS

cd Wim Henderickx 
 

Cd 'Disappearing in Light' 
With DISAPPEARING IN LIGHT , 
RAGA III and
THE FOUR ELEMENTS 
by Wim Henderickx
HERMESensemble, 
cond. Wim Henderickx (2011)
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SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)




INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

for viola solo (and electronics)
(+/- 15')
based on RAGA III for viola and orchestra
first performance on March 10th, 2011 
by Marc Tooten (HERMESensemble)  
Jorrit Tamminga, electronics
at de Kanaal Wijnegem (Belgium)






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