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Montag, 02.01.2023 13:04


Adrian Connell

In Paradisum (1991)
for String Orchestra

EURO 24,80


On the work

This work is a short modified sonata form movement which attempts to portray the ascent and acceptance of the soul into paradise as described in the text of the "In Paradisum". The work starts with a brief glimpse of heaven with a broad C major chord spread over seven octaves. From this chord emerges an eight bar melody which depicts the soul, this is then repeated with an added counter-melody. Then a second theme follows on solo violin and solo cello which represents paradise. These two themes then make up the melodic material for the whole work. The two themes constantly appear in different orchestral timbres and changing melodic strands. The climax comes when both themes combine in a waltz-like middle section. After this we reach the recapitulation and the themes reappear as at the start. However the emphasis changes from sectional playing to solo lines and a trio of two violins and cello dominate the texture. The earlier solo section which contained the paradise motive now becomes the soul moving towards the Holy City. A dissonant eight note chord in the whole orchestra provides the final barrier and from here the solo trio enters paradise and are greeted by the angels represented by four solo violas. The music ends quietly on the opening C major chord now spread over six octaves.

Duration: 12 minutes

Performance Note

This work is written for a string orchestra of 22 players (six Violin 1, six Violin 2, four Violas, four Cellos and two Double Basses). Where possible the work should always be performed with this number of players due to the way the parts split. The soloists should be the leaders of each section. Where there is a solo and the rest of the section is split the greater number should take the bottom line and the soloist when they return to a section should join the top line.



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