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Henderickx, Wim: Pulses of the Earth 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Pulses of the Earth
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    10
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2017
  • First performance (venue): 
    Queen Elisabeth Hall
  • First performance (performers): 
    Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
  • Publisher: 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Pulses of the Earth is about the elusive and the supernatural. Rhythmic pulsations and an enormous drive are the characteristics of this work. It is an up-tempo composition that explodes in a huge climax in the final part, in which the orchestral musicians also shout out rhythmically. The climax can be seen as a volcanic eruption.
    This obsessive and direct music represents a kind of ritual in which Mother Earth and the forces of nature elements have a central role.
    The work is full of contrast in the orchestration, but always searching for power and color.
    Pulses of the Earth is also the second part of Wim Henderickx's larger work Symphony N°2 (Aquarius' Dream) for soprano, orchestra, electronics and lighting design, which was commissioned by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. It was the first world premiere for this orchestra at the new Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp in 2017. Aquarius' Dream alludes to hope and to man’s focus on the future.
    Pulses of the Earth can be performed as an independent orchestral work.

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
89
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
Piccolo
C
Oboe
3
Oboe
Oboe
Cor anglais
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
2
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
5
Crotales
Glockenspiel
Marimba
Vibraphone (F3)
Timpani
Bass Drum
Cymbals
Tom-Toms
Bongos
Wood Blocks
Other
Harp
1
 
Keyboard
1
Piano
Celeste
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
30
Viola
12
Cello
10
Double Bass
8
4-string
4-string

 

 

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