Cosmic Cliffs

2015 I wrote a composition inspired by an image from the Hubble Space Telescope: The Pillars of Creation. Recently, NASA published the first images that are made with their new James Webb Space Telescope. It includes a picture of the Cosmic Cliffs: a cosmic landscape of “mountains” and “valleys” at the edge of the Carina Nebula, the birthplace of new stars. The new image captivated me and seemed to deserve a composition of its own. While composing, I envisioned a visit by the Voyager 1 spacecraft to the Cosmic Cliffs. In my imagination it performs its cosmic concert by playing the Voyager Golden Record, which includes amongst others a recording of the Georgian choral song “Chakrulo”. This choir has infinite space as its concert hall, but, perhaps, no-one to listen to it. The composition mixes a number of feelings and impressions, like the awe for the beauty of the cosmos and the incomprehensible size of the Cosmic Cliffs with its peaks of seven lightyears tall, the desolateness of space and the lonesome trajectory of the Voyager Spacecraft and its music. (Bram Kortekaas)

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Latest editions

  1. Concerto Nº 2 [Dreamscape Voyage] : for violin and orchestra / John Borstlap
  2. Requiem : for mixed choir, strings and percussion / Joey Roukens
  3. Farewell : voor sopraan, clarinet en cello / Boudewijn Tarenskeen; tekst Euripides
  4. Continuum : for percussion / Petra Strahovnik
  5. Angel : Version for piano / Maxim Shalygin
  6. Cosmic Cliffs : for chamber orchestra / Bram Kortekaas
  7. Loon : for woodwind quintet / Jakub Polaczyk
  8. Sonate 'Da pacem, Domine' : for organ / Hendrik Andriessen
  9. Healing : for ensemble / Petra Strahovnik
  10. Streichquartett / James Simon

Popular works

  1. Mishakosmos : Misha Mengelberg Music Book / collated and compiled by Michael Moore
  2. Canto Ostinato : voor toetsinstrumenten, 1976-79 / Simeon ten Holt
  3. Symphony Nº 10 (Unfinished) : Chronological Transcriptions of the Sketches, Short Scores and Orchestral Drafts / Gustav Mahler; Frans Bouwman, editor
  4. Symphonie no. 2 : geschreven te Minusio zomer 1921 / Willem Pijper
  5. On the Shore of North Vidzeme (Ziemeļvidzemes krastā) : for harpsichord (or piano) and saxophone quartet / Georgs Pelecis
  6. 24 capriccio's voor viool solo
  7. Trois Pièces sérieuses (Sonata Nº 19) : for piano / Olivier Greif
  8. Concertino Nº 2 "Florestan's Marches" : for piano and strings / Georgs Pelecis
  9. Forbidden Music Regained : Volume 2
  10. Prostory Svitla : for large symphony orchestra and electronics / Alla Zagaykevych