10 wind instruments
This work is divided into three broad sections and written for an ensemble of ten wind instruments: two flutes (and two piccolos), two oboes (and English horn), two clarinets (and bass clarinet), two bassoons (and contrabassoon), and two horns. A commission of the Nieuw Belgisch Kamerorkest (The New Belgian Chamber Orchestra), this work was composed in 1989, inspired by the following Zen text:
It was beyond the eye’s reach / Beyond the reach of words / Of thought / We do not know / We do not understand / Even speaking is an error
1- Creation consists of seven sections suggesting the seven days of the biblical genesis. It is structured as a palindrome, with the fourth section as the center.
2- Earth expresses the Dance of Shiva using a five-part formal scheme.
3- Eternity is cast in a very free form, the high point being the entrance of the chorale “Von Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her.”
Thursday, May 6, 1993
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Prix Québec-Flandre (1988-2003)CDAtma Classique / 2003 / ACD 22281