TEJAS (What does the sound of the universe look like?)

for orchestra



TEJAS (What does the sound of the universe look like ?) was composed for orchestra in commission of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie) in 2009.

This work is the sixth part in the TANTRIC CYCLE, a series of compositions inspired by Eastern philosphy. 
Earlier compositions with the same source of inspiration were the 3 RAGAS.

The Sanskrit word Tejas denotes fire (one of the 5 elements) but has a number of other meanings such as brilliance, light, vital force, dignity, magical power, majesty, creative energy etc.

The composition starts with a giant chord - kind of a big bang - which provides the energy for the rest of the work.

The work contains 7 parts, 3 interludes (Gunas) and an epilogue

I      Ahata (struck sound)
 Guna 1 : Tamas (darkness)
II    Mysterious pulsar
III   Energy pulsar
IV   Poetic pulsar
 Guna 2 : Rajas (passion)
V     Quasars
VI    Supernova
 Guna 3 : Sattva (goodness)
VII   Anahata (unstruck sound)
 Epilogue (Frozen Time)

 




RECORDINGS

TEJAS Wim Henderickx   Cd 'TEJAS and other orchestral works' (2011)
with TEJAS , VARIATIONSSKRIET and LE VISIONI DI PAURA 
by Wim Henderickx
Royal Flemish Philharmonic, cond. Martyn Brabbins 
www.defilharmonie.be   

(Part I: Anahata)

(Guna 3)

(Part V: Quasars)

(Part VI: Supernova)

SCORE

Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)

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INSTRUMENTATION / EXTRA INFORMATION

TEJAS for orchestra (+/- 33')
Commissioned by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Instrumentation: picc, 3 (+2 picc), 3, engl hn, cl in Eb, 3, bass cl, 3, cbsn / 6, 4 (+picc tp in Eb), 3, 1 / hp / pno (+cel) / strings
first performances: March 27th 2009 at deSingel, Antwerp and
March 28, 2009 at the Concertgebouw, Bruges 
coproduction deSingel, deFilharmonie and Ars Musica
Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie)
conductor: Jaap van Zweden






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