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Anima Eterna Brugge

In 1904 Claude Debussy was commissioned by the Paris instrument builder Pleyel to compose music for a new test model of a chromatic harp. Debussy obliged with his Danse sacrée and Danse profane. The manufacture of this chromatic type of harp was discontinued soon afterwards because it was too cumbersome and too energy-consuming to tune, but Debussy’s Danses nonetheless turned out to become the best known and most often performed music for harp in the concert repertoire. The string section of Anima Eterna combine the Danses with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams. The latter composer’s Tallis Fantasia is still frequently used in TV programmes and films. Vaughan Williams wrote the fantasy especially for the Norman architecture of Gloucester Cathedral, but also at AMUZ this grand music will sound perfectly.

Performers
Marjan de Haer, harp | Jos van Immerseel, artistic direction

Programme
Pjotr Iljitsj Tchaikovsky: Serenade, op. 48 | Edward Elgar: Serenade, op. 20 – Sospiri, op. 70 | Claude Debussy: Danses pour harpe et orchestre à cordes | Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis for double string orchestra