SACRED PLACES II (The Valley of the Gods)

for violin, alto saxophone and piano

SACRED PLACES II for violin, alto saxophone and piano was commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek in 2019.

The work contains the following 7 parts:
1 - Sacred Gongs
2 - Mantra
3 - Memory of Swayabhunath
4 - Shiva, the Destroyer and Creator
5 - Hope for Enlightenment

Sacred Places II was inspired by Wim Henderickx’s experiences during his stay in Kathmandu, Nepal. The spirituality he experienced at various locations left a deep impression on him and the energy he perceived at the stupa (hemispherical Buddhist structure for meditation) of Bouddhanath has become the basic inspiration for this piece. The work has various energies; sometimes excited with an enormous rhythmical drive, at other times introspective, with a meditative atmosphere.

Various instrumental techniques are used, such as multiphonics for the saxophone, playing inside the piano etc.
The use of microtonality is an important feature in this work.




Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)


Sacred Places II (The Valley of the Gods) (2019)
for violin, alto saxophone and piano (+/- 12')
commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek
World premiere: 8 September 2019
Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Kuub in Utrecht (17:00)
by Kugoni Trio