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Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli : for symphony orchestra, SATB chorus & male treble solo

by Nigel Westlake (2010)

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Performance by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Westlake, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Liam Crisanti from the CD Missa solis, Requiem for Eli

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Missa solis, Requiem for Eli / Nigel Westlake.

Library shelf no. CD 2460 [Available for loan]

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Work Overview

Over a long a protracted evolution, and forged by overwhelming tragedy, Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli has become a profound expression not only of grief, but also of joy and celebration of the life of my beloved son Eli, who's life was cruelly taken some weeks before his 22nd birthday.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: 2 flutes (doubling piccolo), 2 oboes (2nd doubling cor anglais), 2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet), 2 bassoons (2nd doubling contra-bassoon), 6 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion (6 players), 2 harps, piano/celesta, SATB choir, male treble solo (or female soprano solo, senza vibrato), strings.

Duration: 42 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: 1. Prologue -- 2. At the edge -- 3. Song of transience -- 4. Aurora -- 5. Nasce la Gioia Mia (My joy is born) -- 6. Hymn to the Aten -- 7. Siderius Nuncius (The Starry Messenger) -- 8. O Sol Almo Immortale (O Sun Immortal Lifegiver)

Dedication note: Dedicated to Eli Westlake. In memoriam - Eli Westlake

Commission note: Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

First performance: by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Sidney Myer Music Bowl) on 19 Feb 2011

Developed from music composed for the documentary Solarmax.

Awarded 'Work of the Year: Orchestral' at the 2012 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards.


Missa Solis Requiem for Eli

In October 2011, the Sydney Symphony gave the Sydney premiere of Australian composer Nigel Westlake's Missa Solis -- Requiem for Eli. The piece is a moving tribute to Nigel's son who died tragically in 2008. This video is a way for the Sydney Symphony to pay tribute to Nigel and his family and his masterful work which the orchestra had the honour of performing with Nigel conducting. To watch the Sydney Symphony performing Missa Solis, visit: http://bigpondvideo.com/classical/397586


Performances of this work

17 May 2014: at The Fire and the Rose (Llewellyn Hall ANU School of Music).

13 Jul 2013: at Michael Fulcher and the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne (St John's Cathedral, Brisbane). Featuring Michael Fulcher, Michael Leighton Jones, Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne.

20 Oct 11: featuring Nigel Westlake, Sydney Symphony.

19 Oct 2011: at Beethoven, Westlake, Ives (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Nigel Westlake, Sydney Symphony.

19 Feb 2011: at Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Sidney Myer Music Bowl). Featuring Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey.

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