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Szeghy, Iris: MIRABILIA MUSICAE 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    MIRABILIA MUSICAE
  • Subtitle: 
    for female choir in 8 voices
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    10
  • Year of composition: 
    2012
  • First performance (year): 
    2012
  • First performance (venue): 
    Riga
  • First performance (performers): 
    PUTNI vocal ensemble
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    <p>MIRABILIA MUSICAE<br>/Wonders of Music/</p><p>for female choir in 8 voices</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Program note</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I wrote the piece in 2012 as a commission of the PUTNI vocal ensemble from Riga - its first performance was made by the ensemble in the same year in Riga.&nbsp;</p><p>The literary basis for the piece is the famous poem "Die Loreley" of Heinrich Heine, a hymn on the magic power of music and a fairy tale as well. It is based on an old German myth on a siren singing her beautiful songs on a high rock above the Rhine (this rock exists in Germany, its name is Lorelei-Rock), bringing with her singing the passing fishers in the arms of death. The magical ability of music to bring one to so deep touching that he or she looses any control about the situation around is fascinating, especially for us musicians. This "divine spark" fascinated also the benedictine nun, mystic and musician Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), who lived, hard to believe, just 35 km far away from the Lorelei-Rock - her monastery Rupertsberg near Bingen was situated also on the rock above the Rhine... With a bit fantasy we could tell that Hildegard, like her mythic sister Lorelei, sang her lonely, magical songs high on the rock above the Rhine and people listening to them were and still are deeply moved by their beauty. That is why I decided to bind both, Heine´s poem and an inspiration of one of Hildegard´s melodies, together in my new piece. I bind them on two levels - on a descriptive one, telling us the Lorelei story itself with Heine´s poetical words, and on a pure musical one, without words, that represents the magic Lorelei´s singing, using a free inspiration of one of Hildegard´s melodies.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Iris Szeghy</p>

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
8
Musicians
Soprano(s)
4
Alto(s)
4

 

 

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