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Nordic Light

By Eriks Esenvalds

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SSAATTBB choir; symphony orchestra; pre-recorderorded Audio and Video Projections
Composed by Eriks Esenvalds (1977-). Full Scores. Full Score. 94 pages. Musica Baltica #MB1780. Published by Musica Baltica (PE.MB1780).

Item Number: PE.MB1780

My spiritual flight towards the far-northern latitudes grew out of an instinct for everything unpredictable and a sensation in my fingertips: it was in 2011 that I began to think of the Northern Lights. I was fascinated by their dimensions, the versatility of their colours and forms and the mystical legends rooted in Northern folklore (including folksongs). I remember the night we met for the first time in the snow-clad meadow of Northern Norway – the aurora polaris flared up, and, no matter how hard they tried, my eyes could not grasp the splendour in its totality. Looking at the sky, I fell backwards into the snow and could not help making a snow angel. Then I whistled and hummed the Latvian folksong on the arctic lights. The tears of Ešenvalds, an adult man, were full of a child’s joy and amazingly sincere. It was then – during the seemingly endless eight hours of night that this multimedia symphony was born.

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