Die Druiden

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Rolf Rudin

Rolf Rudin

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Subtitle: Eine Mythische Erinnerung (A Mythical Remembrance)

This work bears the designation op. 38/1; the title translates from the German as "The Druids."

General Info

Year: 1994
Duration: c. 12:50
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: edition flor
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Rolf Rudin


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

“Druids” - one can't help remembering the time when one was a child, imagining druids as old white-bearded men, cutting mistletoe, brewing some magic potion. This undoubtedly imaginatively idealized image in its bias can't be taken too seriously -- as recent historical research shows. The Druids of the pre-Christian time in Western Europe, being magicians, seers, philosophers, singers, poets, acting as mediators between the world of the old gods and human beings, could keep their nearly unlimited claim to power for quite a long time. Into this world, rather unknown and shrouded in mist, the listener is taken by this piece of music. As the subtitle indicates, this music is entitled to be mythical, which means it is about meeting legendary figures or events one deeply admires. The listener needs peace and quiet for this composition -- as you need peace and quiet for a deep remembering.

With large bows, long lasting tones and a slowly developing richness of sounds, sounds of even a quite dissonant character, the music brings a perfect scenery back to life -- Nemeton, the holy clearing, place of the cultic rituals of the Druids. After a rather static beginning now a beseeching melody, framed by naturalistic sounds of birds and played unisonally by nearly all the orchestra, rises -- like magic singing. The hymnic ending intends to symbolize the power and the glory of the Druids.

- Program Note by composer

The most worthy new composition was Die Druiden. In his fourth work for symphonic band, Rudin has developed his ability to create huge nature scenes without referring to old aesthetic rules of program music.

- Program Note from WINDS, 9/1994

This composition was written for the Baden-Württemberg Band Music Festival in 1994. This piece was not conceived as programme music -- it has nothing to do with Asterix, Obelix, and Miraculix -- but rather illustrates Nemeton, the place of the cultic rituals of the Druids, and their spiritual world. After a static beginning, a mysterious world of sounds is created from which magic chants in large bows framed by bird sounds arise. A hymnic section intended to reflect the druid's nearly unlimited power in pre-Christian times and a taking up of the opening form the end of a fantastic and challenging work full of thrilling sounds.

- Program Note by Edward Oertle for BASBWE


State Ratings

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  • Charles River Wind Ensemble (Boston, Mass.) (Matthew Marsit, conductor) - 19 March 2023
  • University of Oregon (Eugene) Wind Symphony (Jason Silveira, conductor) – 7 February 2019
  • Illinois State University (Normal) Wind Symphony and Symphonic Winds (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) – 5 February 2016
  • San Francisco Wind Ensemble (Martin H. Seggelke, conductor) - 17 January 2015

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