An evening of words and music
New work (for antiphonal saxophones)
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
(And I await the resurrection of the dead)
Messiaen’s 1964 work for wind orchestra was commissioned by André Malraux, the then Minister of Cultural Affairs under Charles de Gaulle, as a sacred work to commemorate the dead of the two World Wars. Destined to be performed in large spaces like churches, cathedrals and the open air – Et exspecto concludes an evening of drama, music and presentations in the University’s Great Hall - exploring the legacy of war as the 100th anniversary of the Armistice approaches. The evening, which also reflects on the University’s role during War times, begins with a new work by recent PhD composer Daniel Fardon, for two saxophones – taking inspiration from the infantry bugle call used to commemorate the dead – the Last Post.