The Theatre of Magical Beings (2003) 27'

Orchestration: 1(afl,pic)1(ca)1(cbcl)1/2.2.1(ttbn,btbn).0/2perc/hp.kybd/str [3.3.3.2.1]

Commissioned by: the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

Dedicated to: Nicolo and Bina Sella di Monteluce

First performance: 6 May 2003

BCMG conducted by Susanna Mälkii
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

" Param Vir has successfully fused Western and Eastern cultures together in his brilliant new work The Theatre of Magical Beings. Not concerned with conventional theatre, it inhabits an interior theatrical space where something magical is revealed and contains internalised encounters with four archetypal mythological beings. There are no narratives, rather a vivid and potent image of the energy generated by these four archetypes. This is a major triumph for the composer and the Birmingham players ... "  - The Independent 16 May 2003

". . . seekers after the descriptive were sunk: distant cries of the Messiaen bird apart, Vir’s score only made sense as an architectural and theatrical space, 30 minutes wide, where sound textures ran free. An extraordinary new work, dazzlingly well performed." - The Times 8 May 2003

 


Listen to UROBORUS excerpt
Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by Micha Hamel, Amsterdam November 2003