Benjamin de Murashkin (DK)

Benjamin de Murashkin was born in Denmark in 1981, but already at the age of one moved to Australia with his family, where he lived for 21 years before returning to his country of birth. In Australia, Benjamin took his Bachelor with honours, majoring in composition, at The University of Melbourne. Benjamin graduated in 2011 with a Master of Music, majoring in composition, from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, where he is currently taking the Andvanced Postgraduate Diploma.

Cosmic Dancer takes its name from Nataraja, which is a depiction of the Hindu god Shiva as the cosmic dancer who performs his divine dance to destroy a weary universe before Brahma starts the process of creation.

The music is built in two distinct halves. In the first I musically portray the starry sky with passages of almost complete stillness. These quiet passages give way to three different sections, depicting galaxies of different types. Shiva the destroyer starts to fulfill his role towards the end of the first half as these musical galaxies collide with each other, resulting in a cataclysmic climax.

Out of the emptiness the trombone introduces new life, in a gentle droning section. This quietness is followed by a fast and lively section where the trombone works to re-invigorate the orchestra, building up large chordal climaxes. Finally the music subsides into a slow falling canon under which the trombone lyrically brings us to the piece’s finishing chords.