Angelus Novus

(part of Opera della Musica Povera)

Martin Bresnick

Performing Ensemble: Orchestra
Duration: 8:00
Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
Print Status: Rental

Quick Overview

A Klee painting named "Angelus Novus" shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.

The Opere della Musica Povera pieces were written between 1990 and 1999. Despite the range of instrumentation, all the compositions have similar formal plans and structural strategies. Each "Opera" is in a different "key" and has a title that evokes a sense of poverty: poverty of means, of spirit, of wit.

Scores & Parts

Angelus Novus - Full Score - Study

Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by and dedicated to: The Greater Bridgeport Symphony and Gustav Meier, Music Director.
Composition Date 1991
Orchestration 3 3(dbl. E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3 - 4 3 3 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
Premiere 1991

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