Hayagriva (2005) 14'

Orchestration: 1(pic.afl).1(ca).1(bcl).1 / 1110 / perc / hp.pf(cel) / str[11111]

Commissioned by: Schönberg Ensemble

Dedicated to: Micha Hamel

Availability: Published by Novello & Co., London

First performance: 13 December 2005

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
Schönberg Ensemble conducted by Micha Hamel

"Finally, the program featured the American premiere of Param Vir's "Hayagriva" (horse-headed incarnation of the Indo-Tibetan deity Vishnu, who is associated with wisdom and knowledge). Vir, a Dehli-born composer now based in London, has conjured rhythms and colors vaguely reminiscent of Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." His work is a stunner, with the sounds of harp, timpani, chimes, clarinet and strings all superbly rendered here. The composer was on hand for well-deserved bows, and he saluted the brilliant musicians in turn."  Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, January 22, 2009


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Schoenberg Ensemble conducted by Micha Hamel

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