Music of late Georgian composer Giya Kancheli rings from Hague's St Jacob's Church

Music by Kancheli was heard from the bell tower of the St Jacob's Church in The Hague. Photo: Zairon/via Wikimedia Commons., 04 Oct 2019 - 18:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

The bell tower of the St Jacob's Church in The Hague sounded melodies by late Georgian composer Giya Kancheli on Friday, joining performances and events in homage to the internationally celebrated artist who died in Tbilisi on Wednesday.

From the church dating back to the 14th century, residents of the city heard Kancheli's composition Yellow Leaves and a fragment from his score for the Soviet-era feature The Eccentrics, with musical artist Gijsbert Kok performing the pieces.

The musician also offered renditions of music by other Georgian composers from the bell tower starting at noon local time, with pieces by Revaz Lagidze and David Archvadze selected for the occasion.

St Jacob's Church bell tower musician Gijsbert Kok performs a piece from Kancheli's score for the feature 'The Eccentrics':


The performances were the latest tribute to the composer who died aged 84, leaving behind a legacy of acclaimed work for film score and orchestra pieces.

In 2015, two of Kancheli's popular compositions, Styx and Silent Prayer, were performed at Konzerthaus Berlin by the Georgian National Orchestra to mark the 80th birthday of the musical artist.

Kancheli’s work has been a closely associated part of Georgian theatre and cinema, with scores for Soviet-era films including Blue Mountains, The Eccentrics and An Unusual Exhibition.

Throughout his life the composer also created over 37 orchestral pieces and 10 chamber music works.

Kancheli resided in western Europe since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, first living in Berlin and later in Antwerp, where he became composer-in-residence for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.