Latin American Electroacoustic Music Collection

Alejandro Iglesias-Rossi, Angelus, 1996

Recording time: 16 min 29 s.
Instruments: For solo tape

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- About Alejandro Iglesias-Rossi
- Compositions by Alejandro Iglesias-Rossi

About this composition:

". . . I saw a storm wind coming from the north,
a vast cloud with flashes of fire
and brilliant light about it;
and within was a radiance like brass,
glowing in the heart ot the flames.
In the fire was the semblance
of four living creatures in human form.
Each had four faces and each four wings;
their legs were straight,
and their hooves were like the hooves of a calf, glittering like a disc of bronze.
Under the wings on each of the four sides
were human hands;
all four creatures had faces and wings,
and their wings touched one another.
They did not turn as they moved;
each creature went straight forward.
Their faces were like this:
all four had the face of a man
and the face of a lion on the right,
on the left the face of an ox
and the face of an eagle.
Their wings were spread;
each living creature had one pair
touching its neighbours,
while one pair covered its body.
They moved straight forward
in whatever direction the spirit would go;
they never swerved in their course.
. . . As I looked at the living creatures,
I saw wheels on the ground,
one beside each of the four.
The wheels sparkled like topaz,
and they were all alike: in form and working
they were like a wheel inside a wheel,
and when they moved in any
of the four directions
they never swerved in their course.
All four had hubs and each hub had
a projection which had the power of sight,
and the rims of the wheels
were full of eyes all around."
Ezekiel 1,4 to 18

The hebrew word MALAJ, as well as the latin word ANGELUS, generally translated as "messenger", describe entities that have been one of the key concepts of biblical thinking.
A mystic judeo-christian tradition has seen on those entities the laws, the numbers, the "ideas" (in the platonic sense), "masses of knowledge" that are the constitutive principles of the Universe.
Even being prototypes, or protoanalogies, they are living and conscious beings that communicate with men.
Taking as subject of contemplation the Vision of Prophet Ezekiel, this tradition concluded that the two key ways by which the "messengers" communicate with men are the analytic science, represented by the wheels of the "Merkabá" (the Carriage of God), and the artistic vision, symbolised by the Four Livings with faces of eagle, bull, lion and man.
The biblical images on which is based this piece are Ezekiel 1, St.Luke 1,26-28 and Apocalypse 12.

This work has been awarded
the First Prize of the International Rostrum
of Electroacoustic Music (Amsterdam 96)
organized by the International Music Council
of the UNESCO.