...and the wall fell down...
instrumentalists ın 2 groups and large church bell, 20 minutes
So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it
came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the
people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that
the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and
they took the city.
Joshua 6: 20
(King James Bible)
This work, dedicated to Prof. Markus Stange, was commissioned by the Messiæn-Festival, Neustadt an der Weinstraße
(Germany). The divided ensemble mirrors the characteristic architecture of Neustadt’s collegiate church
which has been, since the 17th century, partitioned by a massive wall into
two separate confessional realm. The fundamental harmonic structure is based
on the complex spectrum (in
E-flat / A-flat) of the gigantic “Emperor Bell” (the largest cast-iron bell
of the world, struck by the
composer himself from the
Northern tower of the church).
The ensemble included Kirsten Christmann, Verena Comploj
(recorders), Prof. Kyrill Rybakov, Magdalena Burkot (clarinets), Prof. Mike Svoboda, Jakob Janotta (trombones), Utae Nakagawa, Rosa San Martin and Verena
Sennekamp (strings, members of Ensemble Omega), and Holger Best