Body Mandala

Jonathan Harvey (1939)

Body Mandala 2006

3(III=picc).4.3(III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4.4(I=ptpt).2 ttrbn. 2btrbn.1 - harp - pno - perc(5) - strings:(1st vlns.2nd vlns.8 vlc.6 db)
Duration 
13
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Commissioner 
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The score is headed "...reside in the mandala, the celestial mansion, which is the nature of the purified gross body". I was in North India recently where I witnessed purification rituals in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. This work is influenced by those experiences. The famous low horns, tungchens, the magnificently raucous 4-note oboes, gelings, the distinctive rolmo cymbals - all these and more were played by the monks in deeply moving ceremonies full of lama dances, chanting and ritual actions. There is a fierce wildness about some of the purifications, as if great energy is needed to purge the bad ego-tendencies. But also great exhilaration is present. And calm. The body, when moved with chanting, begins to vibrate and warm at different chakra points and 'sing' internally. As it were, 'lit up' with sound.

Jonathan Harvey

Comments 

NB. no violas

Performances 
15.3.07 City Halls, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov
5.5.07 City Halls, Glasgow: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov
22.1.08 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival: unknown
30.5.09 International New Music Festival Week, Bucharest, Romania: Radio National Orchestra/Rene Gulikers
24.1.10 Ultraschall Festival, Berlin, Germany: Deutsche Symphonie Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins
30.8.10 Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra/Numajiri Ryusuke
13.8.11 Edinburgh International Festival: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov
19.11.11 Concertgebouw, Amsterdam: Codarts Symphony Orchestra/Hans Leenders
27/28.1.12 Antwerp, Belgium: de Filharmonie/Otto Tausk
28.1.12 Barbican Hall, London: BBC Symphony Orchestra/Martyn Brabbins
4.10.12 Cologne, Germany: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln/Emilio Pomarico
27.9.13 Bochum, Germany: WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln/Ilan Volkov
14.11.13 Harpa, Reykjavík, Iceland: Iceland Symphony Orchestra/Ilan Volkov
27/28.3.14 Lyon, France: Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique/Pascal Rophé
27.9.14 Warsaw Autumn Festival: Warsaw Philharmonic/Jacek Kaspszyk
17.11.14 Moscow, Russia: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia/Vladimir Jurowski
3
Flute
3rd doubling piccolo
4
Oboe
3
Clarinet
3rd doubling bass clarinet
3
Bassoon
3rd doubling contrabassoon
4
Horn
4
Trumpet
1st doubling piccolo trumpet
4
Trombone
2 tenor trombones, 2 bass trombones
1
Tuba
1
Timpani
5
Percussion
2 bass drums, crotales, tubular bells, 3 suspended cymbals, tam-tam, 4 prs Tibetan cymbals, 2 Tibetan bells, 2 tubular bells, cow bell, 3 temple blocks, 9 woodblocks, 2 bamboo clusters (please see note on percussion distribution on score)
8
Cello
6
Double bass
1
Harp
1
Piano
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