De Profundis from The Seven Gates of Jerusalem

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Opis materiału
  • Composer:Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Original title: De profundis z Siedmiu Bram Jerozolimy na orkiestrę smyczkową
  • year of completion: 1998
  • instrumentation: string orchestra
  • Premiere: Salerno, 10.09.1998, Sinfonia Varsovia, Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor
  • Discography: "Penderecki: Music for Chamber Orchestra", Sinfonia Varsovia, Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor, DUX, 2009
The third part of the symphony-oratorio The Seven Gates of Jerusalem was completed as the first of the “gates” in August 1996 in Lusławice, the composer’s country manor. It was originally scored for three four-part mixed choirs. Two years later, the composer arranged it for string orchestra, and in this way De profundis began its independent concert life outside the cycle, receiving numerous performances as well as a CD recording a decade later.

The lack of a Latin text does not prevent the string ensemble from developing its own meditative, reflective narration. The varied texture, which in the first version was determined by the words, continues to bestow a degree of dynamism on this composition. The refined musical setting of the text is translated here into an ingenious instrumental score, especially as the composer makes no musical reference to the chorale tradition. Making use of Renaissance techniques, he develops two characteristic motifs contrapuntally, a chromatic and a diatonic one. By doing so, he joins the quest for a new, synthetic form of tonality that characterised the period when this work was created.

Penderecki announced that he would return to De profundis and prepare an Old Church Slavonic version for the Festival of Orthodox Church Music in Hajnówka.