Chartres Cathedral south rose

Chartres Cathedral south rose.


Posted on January 22, 2012

Chartres (2012) string orchestra (9 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, double-bass).

Performed by St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis.

The inspiration of Chartres is an insight into Chartres Cathedral south rose, which depicts the Apocalypse according to Saint John. XIIIth century glass window is dominated by images of old-men holding string instruments. The Chartres key of the epitomized musical material is shaped to mirror the stained glass window and the visual form of the arc of the circle is embodied in the score. The musical parameters of this composition, which constantly follows the system focuses on the medieval proportions of ‘6:8:9:12’. The maximum instrumental divisi sounds for most of the time and expresses different layers, which are gradually joining and contrary to each other. Each of these layers is individual and generates a transformation in the timbre meanwhile each instrument, when entering produces a subtle supplement to the cluster, so creating monumental sonic blocks.

Chartres was performed by:

St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis, Druskomanija festival, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Best Debut of the Year Prize from the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.
International Rostrum of Composers recommended Chartres at the 60th edition, in Prague, Czech Republic.
Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Simon Krečič at World Music Days, Ljublijana, Slovenia.
Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas festival Permainų Muzika, Klaipėda, Lithuania.
ORFEJ String Orchestra conducted by Ivan Markovič concert Rostrum+ in Belgrade, Serbia.
Ensemble 21  conducted by Elena Schwarz concert Compositrices d’aujourd’hui at Geneva HEM, Switzerland.
Chamber Orchestra MODUS conducted by Robertas Bliškevičius concert Polilogas festival Muzikos ruduo, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra , – artistic director, cellist Mindaugas Bačkus, music and dance project Present Time45th Klaipėda Music Spring Festival Klaipėda, Lithuania.
BBC Philharmonic, conductor Ben Gernon , BBC Radio 3 live broadcast, UK.

Chartres appears in albums:

ZOOM in 10,St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis.
30 Moments of Druskomanija, St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis.