In paradisum

Composition Date: 1982
Revision Date: 1982
Duration: 00:23:00
Genre: Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Orchestra


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Synthesizer
  • 1 x Chamber orch.
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Programme Note:

Michael J. Baker

In Paradisum, 1982

Commissioned by: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens

“The beauty of In Paradisum is its gradual evolution into acquiescence. The pace of the movements relaxes and the music softens into a soft rhythm of repeating notes that are haunting and ominous and vaguely sad. The final scene – of redemption – is visually elevating: a funeral procession, with a body lifted aloft like a coffin, offered up to heaven along a shaft of light.” Matthew Fraser, The Globe and Mail, March 8, 1986

« Faut-il le répéter, In Paradisum... est un chef-d’oeuvre. La musique de Baker dit la permanence du changement, le courant sans fin de la vie au-delà des cycles de naissance et de mort. » Aline Gélinas, La Presse, le 8 mars 1986

“A signature piece of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, In Paradisum is in four sections. Robert Everett-Green describes the opening section (in the CD notes to the artifact #ART026 recording) as ‘rough like a pre-Columbian dance’; and the closing section as ‘like a processional for an absent gracious spirit.’ In support of this, In Paradisum was referred to by the composer as a requiem for his mother, who had died just before he began its composition.”

Premiere Information:
James Kudelka, choreographer, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montréal, 1983


  • Call Number:
  • MI 9400 B1685in
  • Genre:
  • Works with Electronics / Multi-Media, Orchestra
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • April 29, 1999
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (112 p.);
    112 Pages
    Height: 38 cm
    Parts page count: 175
    12 parts ([175] p.) ;
    Height: 28 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 2(2picc)03(bass cl.,2 alto sax, soprano sax)2(contrabssn)/0000/perc(2), piano,electric organ.
    "For performance: all instruments are miked(sic) and mixed through a sound system except possibly the tom-toms."
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