John Zorn (1953)

The Alchemist, a true and faithful chronicling of the esoteric spiritual conferences and concomitant hermetic actions conducted by Her Majesty's Alchemist Dr. John Dee and one Edward Kelley invoking the Nine Hierarchies of Angelic Orders to visible appear (2011)

for string quartet

  • General information
    • Composition date: 2011
    • Duration: 20 mn
    • Publisher: Hips Road Edition
Detailed formation
  • violin, second violin, viola, cello

Premiere information


Présentation de l’éditeur : A trip through an Alchemist’s laboratory. A seance invoking angelic orders. Virtuosic lyricism, numerology, prayers, canons, contrapuntal complexity, alchemical procedures (distillation, calcination, crystallization, sublimation, purification, rotation) and the ghost of a fugue.