November Music 2020 traditionally opens with Bosch Requiem in which the ideas of Jheronimus Bosch and All Souls’ Day form the basis of a new composition performed in a surprising evening.
Life itself is enigmatic enough, but the mystery of death raises many more questions. When death knocks on the door, the process of passing away is surrounded by all sorts of mystical rituals. From the Tibetan Book of the Dead to the Catholic sacrament of the sick. The Korean Catholic Church has a tradition of its own: YeonDo. Before someone is buried, an inspirational group prayer takes place for the dead person. The Korean-Dutch composer Seung-Won Oh is fascinated by this unique death ritual that connects Korean funeral traditions with the Catholic faith in Korea. During the Yeondo ritual, for example, the dead person stays in purgatory until sins have been forgiven and the ascending can begin. The spirit is prepared for his journey to a new world, including a ceremonial meal. In her requiem YeonDo, Seung-Won Oh gives a new, contemporary interpretation of this time-honoured tradition.
Seung-Won Oh – YeonDo (world premiere)
New European Ensemble
Lodewijk van der Ree – conductor
Helena Rasker – alto
6 November 2020 | 9:30 pm