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)
www.amazon.co.uk   

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)






RETROSPECTRE