Composition of At the Center for mezzo soprano and orchestra.

June 17, 2018: In a recent trip to Europe, in the Netherland I went to Amsterdam, Deventer and Middelburg. All these places are related to promoting my current composition At the Center for mezzo soprano and orchestra. Below is a link to hear the mockup version of the conductor’s score. It was very moving to visit these places where Etty Hillesum lived. The text to the composition is an entry from Etty Hillesum’s diary, specifically entered on November 15, 1941, a prayer for guidance.

May 20, 2019: I just upload the latest and final edit of this composition At the Center for mezzo soprano and orchestra. I’ve been editing and changing the score for the last three months. I had to make adjustments of the dynamics in various places, and in the process, I also changed some of the phrases here and there.

May 22, 2019: On the most recent mix upload, I used an equalizer and a limiter. Boost up the frequencies in the middle range where the voice is. The voice sample tends to be softer on the lower pitches. So many parameters to deal with in the process to have a doable demo of what this composition would sound like if it was performed live.

At the Center for mezzo soprano and orchestra.


17 Responses to Composition of At the Center for mezzo soprano and orchestra.

  1. Leah Marcus says:

    Gorgeous work — I love the way the harp comes through — something that would be hard to do with a full orchestra!

  2. Helena Woodard says:

    Eric, I love this work! I find that the mezzo-soprano voice comes in at just the right place with the orchestra. It lends equilibrium and an aesthetic melodic quality to the work as a whole. Your compositions have accelerated in complexity over time. Kudos!

  3. Truly an Eric Chapelle moment. The orchestral opening is soft and unassuming, then builds into a colorful accompaniment of the original theme. After enjoying a sense of serenity, we descend into moody temperaments as an accent on a marvelous melodic orchestration. The mezzo soprano is introduced with grace and ease that reminds us the importance of story yet to unfold. Brilliant!

    • admin says:

      Thanks Herbert! It took two years to write this. A lot of thoughts went into it, consciously or unconsciously. Said work was weaved, and along the way, things got refined. The creative process has it ways, especially when we tak a stab at interpreting words that someone else has written, in this case, an entry in the diary of Etty Hillesum.

  4. Kim Dorman says:

    Gorgeous!

  5. Claude Freeman says:

    I had the great good fortune of being introduced to this piece in Eric’s studio. We have been friends for more than forty years and I have been listening to his music for more than half my life. However, I believe At the Center supersedes anything he has composed before. The music meets the greatness of the concept of this young Dutch woman, Etsy Hillesum, who when facing darkness and demise in Nazi death camps embraced it with complete human courage. Somehow Eric has recovered the power of this moment and put it to music that is beyond composition and goes directly into the passion of someone willing to face death fearlessly. The music played my deepest feelings ranging up and down upon the octaves of the heart. Bravo!

  6. Gerry Heng says:

    It’s magnificent, Eric! And well worth the wait. It made my day. Sending it on to my brother…

  7. Steve Lansdowne says:

    Still looking forward to hearing this entire composition when you return. You’re turning out music for the ages!

  8. Francesca says:

    Congratulazioni dear Eric your music is really touching and perfectly matching with the Deep and Pure soul of Etty Hillesum. I know Her from her books and I think that her inner spiritual world deserve to be shared, as universally as possible! Let’s perform this all over the world!!! bravo

  9. Linda Lavaneri says:

    Hi Eric,
    We met at the San Jose Airport this past Sunday, while waiting in the ticket line, you shared your love for composing and gave me your card. You said “At the Center” came from a poem you’d read that inspired you so much, you wrote this amazing piece…It’s incredible!!!! I’m enjoying it so much and so grateful to be able to hear your work. It’s wonderful to have a passion for something in life that inspires your heart, and get to share this with the world…Thank You!!!
    Linda Lavaneri

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