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Malebolge

Commissioned by the Münchner Philharmoniker at the start of 2010, and given five performances in Munich, Stuttgart and Dortmund in December of the same year.

Malebolge (the word means "evil ditches") is the eighth circle of Dante's Inferno but the work is far more abstract than this suggests.  Though played in a single span, it's really a 4-movement symphony whose core material was inspired by the famous speech of Ulysses to his comrades.  I think it's very unfair of Dante to have put Ulysses in the Christian Hell, but am suitably grateful for such fine verse!

It's a violent, turbulent piece. but the scoring is, like The Island, modest: 2.2.2.2+contra/4.2.3.0/T.1per/strings but it needs a big string section for the more apocalyptic bits.

Programme note

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