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Szeghy, Iris: Gratia gratiam parit 



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  • Title: 
    Gratia gratiam parit
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  • First performance (venue): 
    Stadtkirche, Aarau, Switzerland
  • First performance (performers): 
    Ars Canora Zürich, Stephan Fuchs, conductor
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  • Program notes: 

    I wrote the piece in 2014 as a commission of the choir “Ars canora” from Zurich – the first performances were in 3 Swiss cities (Zurich, Basel, Aarau) in November 2014. The theme of the project to which I wrote the piece was mercy in its various forms – in our all-day life, in the deeper spiritual and humanistic sense, in the justice etc. I decided to choose five short aphoristic sentences coming from some famous personalities of the past centuries: from Sophocle, from two French thinkers and writers Alphonse de Lamartine and Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues and from two German writing thinkers and writers Johann Christoph Gottsched and Peter Rosegger. Musically the main aphorismus of the cycle is that of Sophokles “gratia gratiam parit” – it comes during the piece almost continuously in some form, it is the “red thread” of the work. The piece is built on big musical contrasts – it is rhythmic and very playful, on the other hand it is very poetical and lyrical, too. Besides the classical singing it uses also some modern techniques as speaking, whispering, crying, short aleatoric passages, glissandos etc.




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