JOHAN DE MEIJ: Spring . Overture for wind orchestra (2011) 11 min.
JAMES CURNOW: Canticle of the Creatures. Symphonic suite for band (2013) 15 min.
JACOB DE HAAN: The Book of Urizen (2004) 30 min.
Magical tales, legends, adventures involving gods and heroes, and songs passed down by word of mouth have gradually moved from their oral tradition to the written word. All this knowledge forms the basis of our history and culture and has, in a way, been part of people’s artistic imagination since time immemorial. The concert titled Journey into Creation features three works that fit in perfectly with this creative inspiration.
The concert starts with Johan de Meij’s Spring overture, which recounts the magical arrival of spring in Sweden based on two traditional Swedish songs. The first part of the concert ends with James Curnow’s Canticle of the Creatures, a suite inspired by the writings of St. Francis of Assisi, themselves based on the love he felt for all creatures, the musical expression of a cosmogony describing the sun, moon, stars, fire and Mother Earth.
The Book of Urizen, a visionary poem by the multifaceted English author William Blake (1757-1827), is the thread that runs through Jacob de Haan’s work of the same name, somewhere between Genesis and Exodus from the Bible, where you can see the characters of a cosmogony written by Blake himself – Enitharmon, Los and Orc – in which Urizen embodies wisdom and the law.