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Tamara Friebel (festival composer): “Illuminations” for choir, flute, violoncello & percussion (2021), world premiere

The “image of the goddess” (Imago Deae) floats like a canopy over Tamara Friebel’s Illuminations. Illuminated sounds, substantiated, above all, in the voices of the choir and carried further by mantras and invocations of goddesses’ names, draw contemplations by mystics such as Hildegard von Bingen or Rabi'a al-Adawiya into the Klangraum Krems in the Minorite Church. This space, indeed, is central to the work by Tamara Friebel, who, after studies in composition with Chaya Czernowin and architecture with Zaha Hadid, is currently pursuing her postdoctoral research at the Institute of Mathematics at the University of Graz.

The guideline of the Imago Dei Festival’s commission for the composer was to develop a score based on the architecture of the Minorite Church in Krems, whose musical structures are derived from the specific proportions of the space and translated into a twelve-part choir piece. Latent structures are distilled from the manifest, in the form of the centuries-old church walls, and then transformed into concrete musical material. In this way, the Klangraum Krems in the Minorite Church is cast into a resounding monument.

“Illuminations” is a work commissioned by the Imago Dei Festival with the kind support of Christoph Grabenwarter and celebrates its world premiere as part of the cooperation between the Imago Dei Festival and the Carinthian Summer Music Festival.

With a work supplement commissioned by the Carinthian Summer for the Ossiach Collegiate Church, the concert will be performed again during the Carinthian Summer Music Festival 2023.

Composition commission: Provincial Government of Lower Austria

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