Elegy for orchestra. 5’30” – 1957 – (Editions Ricordi)
“… I also wanted to mention a young English composer of Eastern origin on his mother’s side: Mr Edward Michael.
He is hardly a day over 35, and I was hearing his chamber music for the first time. We were maybe a hundred or so in the audience, who were to experience the revelation of a musician! This was a remarkable attempt to integrate oriental tones into Western music, with all that might bring by way of suppleness, color, and new expression; but beyond what might have been nothing but cunning exoticism, Mr Michael translates the deep movements of a soul yearning particularly towards the heights of philosophical and religious meditation, a soul on a quest for purity, for infinite tenderness, and for living peace. This does not exclude the melancholy, or even the despair of a creature fighting for its ideal and suffering from its failures, imploring God to come to its aid and trusting gently in him, buoyed by hope.
“Contained within ‘Elégie’, and ‘Prière’ for Martenot Waves and ‘Trois Rituels’ for two Waves and tambourine, or the Trio for violin, alto, and cello, is inspiration which seizes you violently, this strange emotion that one experiences is a revelation of beauty.
“There are many young instrumentalists and others, illustrious, who are looking for quality works for their repertoires: they will find better than that in the work of Edward Michael. When can we expect a public concert where everyone will be able to judge for themselves?”
Jean Hamon from the “Combat” newspaper, juin 1954
1959. Radio-Lille. Orchestra conducted by Victor Clovez.
1960. Radio-Lyon. Orchestra conducted by Victor Clovez.
1961. Radio-Bruxelles. Orchestra conducted by Victor Clovez
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