Eli Eli lama azabthaniThree concerts by the Hollands Vocaal Ensemble and Prisma Trio + friends, dir. Fokko Oldenhuis
April 21, 2016, 20:15, Alphen aan de Rijn, Oudhoornsekerk
April 23, 2016, 20:15, Amsterdam, Amstelkerk
April 24, 2016, 15:00, Utrecht, Nicolaikerk
Eli Eli lama azabthani was composed for the Hollands Vocaal Ensemble.
About this composition
You can easily find lots of ugliness and misery of all kinds in the media nowadays. Terrorism, hatred and war can be seen on television and the internet almost on a daily basis. But in this music I did not want to emphasize on all the horror and cynism just by adding more of the same. I wanted to set something against it.
Then by chance I encountered the text of Psalm 22, read in its original hebrew form to images of the holocaust. I knew this was what I had been looking for. The text radiates loneliness, grief, fear and sadness, but also beauty, love and trust and I knew I could write music to these words.
Because to me the sadness and grief about all this horror, at the same time shows the beauty opposite it.