SYMPHONY NO. 1 (At the Edge of the World)

for orchestra

Symphony N° 1 was commissioned by the Belgian National Orchestra (NOB) and Bozar in 2011 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the NOB.
The world premiere was at the Salle de concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte in Luxemburg and the Belgian premiere at Bozar in Brussels in March 2012 by the NOB, conducted by Stefan Blunier.

Subtitled ‘At the Edge of the World’, SYMPHONY N°1 was inspired by the works of the Anglo-Indian sculptor, Sir Anish Kapoor.

Regarding the form of this symphony Wim Henderickx wanted to be loyal to the tradition, on the other hand there is the inevitable link with Eastern cultures. In the 90's, he wrote the RAGA CYCLE, and between 2004 and 2010 he composed the TANTRIC CYCLE, all works inspired by oriental philosophy..

He wanted to go to extremes with 'At the Edge of the World', exploring contrasts: high versus low frequency, very soft versus very loud, noise versus melody.
At the same time questions arouse as 'what is a symphony in the 21st century?' and 'what is a symphonic orchestra at this time?'

The work comprises five movements:
1: Marsyas
2: Melancholia
3: Svayambh
4: At the Edge of the World
5: Leviathan 


  Double Cd Wim Henderickx - RELEASE in March 2016
With SYMPHONY N° 1 (At the Edge of the World)
EMPTY MIND I for oboe and electronics
The Royal Flemish Philharmonic (deFilharmonie),
conductors Martyn Brabbins and Edo de Waart
Available in record shops and online:
At the Edge of the World (part II Melancholia) At the Edge of the World (part IV At the Edge of the World) At the Edge of the World (part V Leviathan)


Norsk Musikforlag (publisher)



SYMPHONY N°1 (At the Edge of the World) (2011)
for orchestra
commissioned by the 'Orchestre National de Belgique' and PSK
(+/- 25')
Instrumentation: picc (+fl 3), 2 (+2 picc), 2, eng hn (+ob 3), 2, bass cl (+cl 3), 2, cbsn (+bsn 3) / 4, 3, 3, 1 / perc (5 pl) / hp / strings
first perfomance March 1st, 2012 at the Salle de concerts Grande-Duchesse Joséphine-Charlotte, Luxemburg 
second performance March 2nd, 2012 at PSK, Brussels
Orchestre National de Belgique (ONB)
cond. Stefan Blunier