|Onyx (1994 - 96)
Onyx is my first orchestral piece that I've written almost immediately at the beginning of my compositional education. After three works for guitar to get a little aquainted with and to develop my own style, I decided to start orchestration. As a guitarist I felt this not strange since Hector Berlioz himself once said that 'the guitar is a small orchestra'. Nevertheless it took me more than a year and a half to finnish this labour, even with a great affinity with the orchestra. The result was good and so they thought in Vienna too. Onyx was awarded with a "Highly special commendation" on the "Sixth International Orchestral Composition Competition of Vienna Modern Masters in 1997", recorded on CD and premiered by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Toshi Shimada in Olomouc, Czech Republic. The Belgian premier took place in "deSingel" in Antwerp by the Flemish Radio Orchestra conducted by Avi Ostrowsky on April 24th 2004 on the occasion of a selforganized concert for the benefit of "Stichting Sasel", an educational developmental project in El Salvador.
Onyx is dedicated to my wife Myriam Bogaerts.
2 flutes (/1picc.), 2 oboes (/1E.H.), 2 clarinets Bb , 2 bassoons
2 horns F, 1 trumpets, 1 trombone
timpani, percussion I. II.
strings (at least 8, 6, 5, 4, 2)