Cantata for symphonic wind orchestra, soprano, mixed choir | 2010
Jos van de Braak, founder and conductor of Orkest Zuid (NL) asked me to write a cantata
for wind orchestra, mixed choir and soprano on the 'Big Bang' theme.
'Grief of Gravity' had its premiere in Eindhoven on 2 May 2010 with Maaike Widdershoven, soprano and the Projectkoor Paul Gieles. On 3 July 2010 they performed in the Muziekgebouw aan t IJ in Amsterdam.
June 27th 2015 Orkest Zuid will perform the piece again, this time with me singing the soprano solo!
Irma Achten wrote the philosophical as well as romantic text about Gravity and Awareness, two symbolic figures who fall in love with eachother.
They bare many children: the grass, the trees, rocks, hummingbirds and of course: man.
He calls himself: Matter, with 'a big head and spectacled eyes' and denies everything that can not be measured.
His mother Awareness leaves her husband Gravity and night after night she crawls into his dreams
to tell him there's more to life than mere facts.
She cannot return to Gravity until Matter realizes this.
100 people on stage, all per- forming my music!
What an honor!