By entering in the MEDIEVAL Department of the Louvre-Lens and more precisely in the space devoted to "Westerner Christianity : the first churches", we discover a sarcophagus representing Christ, two apostles and a plant decoration, coming from Castelnau-de-Guers in Languedoc and dating from 450 to 500 A.D.
It’s this sarcophagus which inspired the composer to write : "Sapientes Apocalypsis" (Les Ages de l’Apocalypse) : surrounded by two musical themes with a medieval sound and especially mystical (in the meaning of what is connected to mysteries, to the hidden or secret chooses), we repeatedly find extracts from the first theme of the first movement of his Symphony No. 2 - "La Galerie du Temps" which once again symbolizes the greatness of the architecture of the buildings.
This composition concludes with a more tumultuous theme which reminds that, constantly and throughout its History, Christianity has developed through theological controversies, councils of schisms, crises and suffering.
"SYMPHONIE No.2 - La Galerie du Temps" : Inspired by the eight departments (Eastern Antiques, Egyptian Antiques, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiques, Islamic Arts, Objets d’Art, Graphic Arts, Sculptures and Paintings) and the "Galerie du Temps" which offers an original journey in the Louvre’s collections, the idea is to generate music both from these different aesthetics but also by introducing contemporary elements (in response to the “Pavillon de Verre”), thus deploying a row of musical instants, independent moments ordered in a magnificent sonorous tree structure.
A Work at the height of the event: the inauguration of the Louvre-Lens, and a strong musical entity: the Wind Orchestra. Also called "Harmony" in France and deeply settled in the history of North area (and more particularly in the heart of mining and industrial districts), this orchestra is full of sound richness that this symphony aims to enhance, in order to put them in service of an extremely structured writing.
Composed of 5 Movements (1. Du Louvre à Lens / 2. Warka / 3. Biban-El-Moulouk (La Vallée des Rois) / 4. Sapientes Apocalypsis (Les Sages de l’Apocalypse) / 5. Ixion) this symphony is deliberately expressive and characteristic of the sum of the musical influences that nourish the composer's writing.
Commissioned by Orchestre à Vent de Lens / Creation 2015
PDF - Score / SAPIENTES APOCALYPSIS (Les Sages de l'Apocalypse)
Part IV from SYMPHONIE N°2 - La Galerie du Temps
for Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Grade : 4+
Duration : 7:45
Reference : PDF / EMP - WM 027S
Recorded by ORCHESTRE A VENT DE LENS
CD "La Galerie du Temps"