• Benet Casablancas
  • Darkness Visible: Nocturne for Orchestra (2008)

  • Unión Musical Ediciones (World)

  • 18 min

Programme Note

“A dungeon horrible, on all sides round,
As one great furnace flamed; yet from those flames
No light; but rather darkness visible
Served only to discover sights of woe,
Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
And rest can never dwell, hope never comes“

John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I

Benet Casablancas was inspired by a passage of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and its further interpretation by the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa in order to name one of his key works “Darkness Visible”.
The versatile use of the orchestra as well as the great timbral and textural differentiation may prevail as structure to this work. Moreover, the way Benet Casablancas formulates the harmonic thought and its involvement in the development of his discourse seem to be a more crucial characteristic of “Darkness Visible”.
This work deepens into the exploration of the unfathomable mystery of the night. It is conceived as a nocturne of big proportions that goes near quiet and rarefied atmospheres, but is punctually disturbed by more agitated passages, suddenly illuminated by gleams of light.


Darkness Visible: Nocturne for Orchestra. Orquesta Nacional España. Dir. Josep Pons