Transcription of Soviet writer Isaac Babel's The Sin of Jesus into music by applying a rule system where words determine melody, letters determine rhythm & harmony, &c.
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Label: Hat [now] ART
Catalog ID: 169
Squidco Product Code: 9181
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve
Recorded January - February 2007 at Radio Studio Zurich by Peter Pfister.
Ensemble Fur Neue Musik: Hans-Peter Frehner-flute
Dorothea Schurch, Daniel Mouthon-voice
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"Transcribing Babel's text into music, Hans-Peter Frehner followed a rigorous system of rules, with the words generating the melodic lines, and the letters the rhythm and harmony, while the action of the story determines the structure and form. It is an arcane system that becomes sound and music here, and which cannot be recognised simply by the ear. For the rules that determine our action and our longing are not visible on the surface, as we all know.They operate in the depths of our instincts, in our longings and passions - and this is the moral of Babel's frivolous legend of Jesus - dangerous even for frail angels."-Michael Eidenbenz, from the liner notes
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"Nicola Romano, born in Lucerne, Switzerland, in 1974. From an early age, Nicola has developed a close association with chamber music, which has since become the centre of his musical orbits. For many years, he has performed concerts with Lucerne-based Dreilindenquartett as well as with the ONYX Quartet and the Basel String Quartet.Since 2004, Nicola has been a member of the "ensemble für neue musik zürich", which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With "klangcombi", a quintet dedicated to innovative Swiss folk music, he has found the perfect musical paddling pool, in which he enjoys maximum stylistic freedom and openness. Together with LAUS and the Trabant Echo Orchestra, Nicola has been exploring and experimenting with musical arrangements which straddle the interface between serious and light music. Besides this, he has been busy giving concerts as part of various projects by the Swiss jazz and free improv scene. Nicola also teaches at the Uri School of Music (Musikschule Uri) and at Küsnacht High School (Kantonsschule Küsnacht)."-Beat Keller Website (http://beatkeller.com/pages/releases/beat-keller-.-tom-johnson-.-joseph-kudirka-ndash-string-trios-11.php)
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