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eclipsed No. 193 / 9-2017

18. July 2018

ELOY - Swords, battles and pyre

15. September 2017

ELOY - Swords, battles and pyre

A two-part rock opera, a so-called spectacle musical and a novel - for the most ambitious project in the almost fifty-year history of the progressive rock band Eloy from Lower Saxony, its designer Frank Bornemann has bundled his strength. "The Vision, The Sword And The Pyre, Part I" is a massive work in every respect. It revolves around Saint Joan of Arc, who helped the royal troops of Charles VII to a victory over the English and Burgundy and thus decisively influenced the Hundred Years' War and ended at the stake in 1431 after a show trial.

The 72-year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter Bornemann has obviously worked carefully - the musical homage can be heard. The choirs comment on and reinforce the spoken and sung texts, but they also create an important atmosphere. That sounds full, also sometimes massive and nevertheless differentiated and never overloaded. We met Frank Bornemann in his studio in Hannover.