Martin Smolka (*1959) The Name Emmanuel
[mix ch] 2017 duration: 10' Text: Bibel / Bible
World première: Stockholm (Baltic Sea Festival), August 27, 2017
The text has been excerpted from English translation of Bible, from the beginning of New Testament (Mt 1, 18-25). Angel of the Lord appeared to St. Joseph in a dream and announced the birth of Jesus. The Angel named Jesus, using quotation from the prophet Isaiah: “Emmanuel, which means God with us”.
In the piece, an endless damped ringing is composed from the name Emmanuel, as if big church bells were heard from afar. Just two times, as short insertion, bright glare bursts, jubilating: “Virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, child of the Holy Ghost, and they shall call his name” and exalting: “God with us!”
Last words of the piece are Latin and were said by Jesus in the story about walking on the sea: “nolite timere”, be not afraid.