Located in the Department ANTIQUES of Louvre-Lens and integrated into the theme of "The Ancient Orient at the time of the birth of writing", the origin of inspiration for this composition is a clay shelf in precuneiform writing indicating food portions, and taken from the archives of Éanna, the temple of the god of Heaven. Its origin is founded in Uruk (currently Warka), in Mesopotamia (present state Iraq) around 3500 B.C.
The composer was therefore inspired by both the place and the period relating to this tablet to build a theme close to near or Middle Eastern music, symbolized in particular by the theme of the English Horn, developing his lament in the manner of famous double reed instrument : the Duduk.
"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
Set / WARKA
Part II from SYMPHONIE N°2 - La Galerie du Temps
for Symphonic Wind Orchestra
Grade : 4+
Duration : 5:50
Reference : EMP - WM 025
Recorded by ORCHESTRE A VENT DE LENS
CD "La Galerie du Temps"