Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli : for symphony orchestra, SATB chorus & male treble solo
by Nigel Westlake (2010)
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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.
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.
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.
Developed from music composed for the documentary Solarmax.
Awarded 'Work of the Year: Orchestral' at the 2012 APRA/AMC Art Music Awards.
Awards & Prizes
|2013||Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize||Winner||Nigel Westlake|
|2012||Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year||Finalist||Sydney Symphony|
|2012||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Winner||Nigel Westlake|
Resonate article: 2013 Lowin Prize winners: Elliott Gyger and Nigel Westlake by Australian Music Centre
Resonate article: 2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
Resonate article: Ears Wide Open: reflections and personal recollections of Richard Gill by Nigel Westlake
Resonate article: Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre
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.
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