An update on this project, taken from Eloy´s website:
The oft-cited work on the topic of Joan of Arc is taking form, and there will now not only be a rock opera by Frank Bornemann, but, first of all, another ELOY album presenting the music on which the later the musical framework for the stage version will be based.
I have long said goodbye to the idea of composing a stage work, or even presenting a musical in which the dialogues fill the content with overblown singing - generally to the detriment of the music. Rather, I intend to create a complex artistic work in which the musical part assumes a greater responsibility - in other words, something beyond the scope and purpose of known works - without neglecting the subject which, I admit, as a history aficionado and member of the »Association des Amis du Centre Jeanne d´Arc« in Orléans, is very important to me.
Since the album »Power And The Pasion« (also termed a rock opera back then) I have not, perhaps with the exception of the double concept album »Planets« / »Time To Turn«, devoted myself to a work which has a continuous storyline or even historical events as a basis. Such works always require a lot of time and are a much greater challenge than a band album, which doesn’t have such stringent requirements in terms of content.
In the case of the story of Joan of Arc, I have set myself, musically and lyrically, a very high benchmark, which, particularly by sticking to the historical events, demands a high and consistent accord between content with the music. Although the realisation of this project has been going through my head for over 15 years, I only now for the first time have the opportunity to address it and meet the challenge. The idea to combine it with ELOY and to put a version of it to tape first, which, at the same time, also underpins the continuity of our common musical creation as a band, only came to me when I was layouting and composing.
It took some time until it was clear to me that the best way for this musically and thematically ambitious work to see the light of day would be through the band. It is now likely to take for several months before even the music is complete, the texts are fully written, and all the layouts for the final recordings have been created. And another few months will surely have gone by before the recordings are all wrapped up, but then you can be assured that you can expect a very special work which, I am convinced, will rank at the top of our releases up till now.