Joyful news! Maybe you remember the accident of our son Yann in april 2016. He’s still recovering. But recently is asked to be an extra in the new production of ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in the opera house ‘La Monnaie’ in Brussels.
Five male burn victims and five female blind persons have been selected to tell their story as a kind of (realistic) metaphore for the fictional tests the characters in the opera.
Yann tells us daily about the incredible experience form him and his fellow patients of being on stage with singers, one even could call theme superstars, gently coached by a very warm-hearted director and conductor and their assistants. Some brows of the audience might possibly be fluttering somewhat when the second act starts. But Yann assures us that the honesty of the whole production might become nothing less than cathartic for all involved.
Mentioning that I have just finished a new piece for two incredible performers might appear somewhat corny, compared to the things I wrote about here above. But that’s what a composer does, when he isn’t asked to write operas: he composes for great players 🙂
And I think the two who’ll perform ‘(Candle) Light Music’ are just stupendous. Tomma Wessels, playing her exquisite collection of recorders, and Guy Penson caressing his stunning copy of an Italian harpsichord, inspired me two compose a piece which maybe in a way reflects the life affirming choices of the characters of Mozart’s great opera…
Everyone knows about the ‘light touché’ of the harpsichord. Although classical music lovers often prefer ‘serious, heavy’ pieces, (even sad, remember Shakespeare’s sonnet?), I wondered what the virtues of ‘light-heartedness’, call it shallowness, might be in the new piece. Not ‘tearing’ into the surface, but surfing upon it, meant for me: ‘freedom’. Freedom to go where I like. And in the end I went to musical places which one is not exactly expected to go to with music written for the instrument of Bach 🙂 I listened to the so-called surf-music of the 60’s (eg. the Beach Boys) and my god, making it nuyts-like made me smile during the whole concoction of the piece.
Mind, it’s not an ‘easy’ piece. It’s even fiendishly difficult. But isn’t riding the big waves not exactly that: exacting but fun!