Archive: To Lviv!

Krems Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

A Musical-Juridical Journey

Józef Koffler: Ukrainian Sketches (1940)
Nava Hemyari: new work, world premiere
Roman Haubenstock-Ramati: Decisions (1959–71)
Peter Ablinger: new work (Hans Kelsen), world premiere; texts: Herlinde Pauer-Studer / David Velleman, amongst others


The Polish composer Józef Koffler (1896–1944) lived in Lviv until his murder by the Nazis. He was the teacher of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, who himself became an important professor at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and eventually the teacher of Berlin-based Austrian composer Peter Ablinger. In his new work commissioned by Imago Dei, Ablinger investigates Hans Kelsen, the “architect of the Austrian Constitution”.

The music-historical thread crosses a second, which has its origins in the Faculty of Law at the University of Lviv where Raphael Lemkin and Hersch Lauterpacht studied. The two jurists would later introduce the terms “genocide” and “crimes against humanity” into international criminal law. This connection with human rights leads to the commission of Iranian-Austrian composer Nava Hemyari. She will “insert” interventions in the form of miniature compositions into the Józef Koffler’s “Ukrainian Sketches” string quartet.

In a spatial intervention, visual artist Luisa Pisetta tackles the topic of the visibility of norms. Actors Markus Meyer and Petra Morzé perform a stage reading as SS judge Konrad Morgen and his fiancée. In the dialogue between the two, the question arises – fraught with tension and highly topical – whether there can be justice in a system of injustice.

In cooperation with the Polish Institute Vienna and the Applied Human Rights master’s programme at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Commissioned by Imago Dei with the support of Club Festivalförderung:

Composition commission by the State Government of Lower Austria (Nava Hemyari).

My Visit

0 Entries Entry

Suggested visit time:

Send List