Gisle Kverndokk's newest work Fuge der Zeit - for four singers, string orchestra and organ was commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Gloger Festival, and will have its World Premiere at the Final Concert, Sunday January 30th in Kongsberg Church, at 18.00.
The performers are: Isa Katharina Gericke, soprano; Ivonne Fuchs, mezzo-soprano; Helge Rønning, tenor; Nils Cooper, baritone; Leo van Doeselaar, organ; Kammerakademie Potsdam; Olof Boman, conductor.
"Fuge der Zeit" is based on The Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, "To everything there is a season ..." This text contains all of life and shows how to look at life as a whole and find meaning in both good and evil ... a time of war - a time of peace. Kverndokk uses Martin Luther's beautiful German translation of this text. The Jewish poet Paul Celan is one of the foremost German poets for whom the Holocaust is important as part of his poetry. He himself survived the death camps and his writing was inevitably marked by this, as it was also by his Jewish upbringing and his love of the German language. Several of his poems are included in "Fuge der Zeit" as a commentary on Ecclesiastes; "Auge der Zeit", "Tenebrae", "Kristall" and "Espenbaum". The texts deal with survival and how to find meaning in people's cruelty to each other, especially in relation to the 20th century's greatest tragedy, the Second World War. Life and Time are many-voiced - polyphonic - and the work has the form of a fugue, both the text and music having many parallel trajectories, each with its own time-period, its own logic, its own life.