• 2018-07-08
  • Work in Progress: Symphony No. 5!


    After 30 years, composer Johan de Meij revisits Middle-Earth, the enchanting mythological world of J.R.R. Tolkien, with his Symphony No. 5 Return to Middle Earth. Although there are some thematic reminiscences to his monumental first symphony The Lord of the Rings from 1988, De Meij is putting a completely different musical vibe into this new symphony. There is an important role for a solo soprano and a mixed choir: they sing in Ilkorin, one of the Elvish languages ​​of Middle-Earth. The Orcs and other thugs also take the stage, but they only use raw screams in their own language, also known as 'black speech'.

    The 5th symphony consists of six movements:

    I) Miri na Fëanor (Jewels of Fëanor)
    II) Tinúviel (Nightingale)
    III) Ancalagon i-môr (Ancalagon, the Black)
    IV) Arwen Undómiel (Evenstar)
    V) Dagor Delothrin (The War of Wrath)
    VI) Thuringwethil (Woman of Secret Shadow)

    The symphony was commissioned by The Middle Earth Commissioning Project, organized by the Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana (USA). The world premiere will take place November 3rd, 2018 with the composer conducting.

    Upcoming Premieres:

    Asian Premiere:
    Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra - Conductor: Johan de Meij
    April 27, 2019 - 2:00 pm The Symphony Hall, Osaka - Japan

    German Premiere:
    Landesblasorchester Badem-Wurtemberg - Björn Bus
    June 01, 2019 - 8:00 pm Osnabrück - Germany

    European Premieres:
    Harmonie St. Michael Thorn
    Conductor: Ivan Meylemans, Claudia Couwenbergh soprano, Brabant Koor
    June 02, 2019 - 2:00 pm Concertzaal Tilburg, Tilburg - The Netherlands
    June 09, 2019 - 2:00 pm Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht - The Netherlands
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    Johan de Meij (Voorburg, 1953) studied trombone and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He has earned international fame as a composer and arranger. His catalogue consists of original compositions, symphonic transcriptions and arrangements of film scores and musicals.
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