Fedor Teunisse of Slagwerk Den Haag (The Hague Percussion) asked me to put together a program with the early works of Philip Glass. In addition, he commissioned me to compose new music for the same concert.
I love the rhythmic patterns, the long lines and the modality in Glass’ early music, but I found it interesting to see that his legacy has led my work in a different direction.
In Vitreous Body I made a small catalog of my language so far in six parts. In Petals and Remix I use Renaissance music that I stretch in various ways or quote with the sounds and instruments of today.
The slowness in Choral and North Star (a title I stole from Glass, though the music has got nothing to do with it) circling around a few tones that appear in different constellations.
Broken and Vitreous body, the melodies are rolling off as falling balls of wool. Broken has the form of a fractured vocal line, whereas in Vitreous Body eight voices are moving slowly but surely downwards.
Commissioned by and written for Slagwerk Den Haag
February 18, 2017 by Slagwerk Den Haag in Stadstheater Arnhem.