Symphony n° I
On Saturday, March 11th, 2017, Symphony No.1, made its world premiere with the National Orchestra of Belgium.
Kevin Houben took inspiration from the work of the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and selected three poems: 'I died for beauty’, ‘There's A Certain Slant of Light’ and ‘Hope’.
The town of Peer (P-E-E-R) - Kevin´s hometown - is embodied in the notes si - mi - mi ♭ - re with an expressive leap of a seventh between mi and mi ♭. This cell is the main motif of the symphony. Also his family name H(ou)BEN is incorporated in the composition as a musical signature. In addition, a rhythmic pattern regularly emerges, which mimics the sound of the so-called ‘clappers’. A clapper is a board with a handle on which, when it is moved, a mallet clacks.
Song of Hope
Song of Hope (duration 6 minutes) is all about the universal thoughts of hope and solidarity. Kevin Houben took inspiration from the poem ´Hope´ of the American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
“Hope” is the thing with feathers -
That perches in the soul -
And sings the tune without the words -
And never stops - at all -
And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
And sore must be the storm -
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm -
I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
And on the strangest Sea -
Yet - never - in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of me.
Solitudine N°1 and N°2 - Luna N°1 and N°2
Commissioned by Isabelle Beernaert for Le Temps Perdu.