Forbidden Music Regained

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Le Cercle Divin (Symphony 2)

By Ignace Lilien

Vocal music
Mixed choir and orchestra (sopr alt ten bas SATB orch)
location of manuscript archive registration number 009/041a 009/042 009/043 009/044


The divine circle (Der Göttliche Kreis) (Il circolo del l'eternita)

Words by Emile Verhaeren (“Le Fléau”, des Campagnes Halucinées) in both French and German

+ piano reduction

See also: catalogue application number 24103

Composed in Delft and IJmuiden



About Ignace Lilien

Ignace Lilien

His hometown Lemberg, in the Ukraine known as Lviv, and in Poland as Lwów, has a history of occupation by shifting powers. This is why the Germans had trouble figuring out Ignace Lilien's real identity; he survived the war with forged documents. He worked as a chemical engineer, but that didn’t stop him from composing a large oeuvre. His life was as varied as his music, with influences ranging from Polish modernism to South American rhythms and timbres.

by Frans van Ruth