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for orchestra, M.603 (1999)
After the 34th chapter of the Hell,
of the Divine Comedy by Dante
LISTEN TO THE EXCERPT :
Broadcasted by the Swiss Radio DRS
This work has been ordered by the Pro Helvetia Foundation for the 100th Festival of Swiss Musicians (Swiss Musicians Association). The excerpt is taken from the broadcasting of the work’s first performance, on September 2nd, 2000, in St.Moritz.
The Cocytus, 9th and last circle of Hell, is according to Dante a frozen lake where the traitors are plunged.
In the 4th area of the lake are to be found those having been traitors towards their benefactors, completely paralyzed in the transparent ice.
Immense and emerging partly of the lake, the emperor of the realm of pains, Lucifer, aged and hideous, crushing a traitor in each of the mouths of his triple face, waves his 6 bat wings, whose icy wind fills the whole Cocytus.