Camil Van Hulse: Symphonia Elegiaca, Op.83
Symphonia Elegiaca, Op.83
Camil Van Hulse (1897 - 1988)
The present work, a "program symphony", was written to the memory of Bernard R. La Berge, american impressario who died December 28th 1951, after having devoted his life to the advancement of organ music. The first performance of the work took place in New York April 12th 1954 in the auditorium of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The performing artist was the celebrated american organ virtuosa Claire Coci.
The symphony, constructed on material borrowed from the Requiem mass, is divided in five sections.
- Last Judgement ("Dies Irae")
- Divine Mercy ("Pie Jesu", "Domine Jesu Christe")
- Supreme Anguish ("Mors stupebit et natura")
- Resignation (Requiem Aeternam)