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Gourzi, Konstantia

Wunde | Wunder. 7 Fragmente, op. 73 für Schlagzeug und Ensemble (first print)

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Gourzi, Konstantia

(born in Athens/Greece, 31 March 1962)

Wunde | Wunder. 7 Fragmente, op. 73 für Schlagzeug und Ensemble (first print)

Konstantia Gourzi’s name often appears as composer as well as conductor in the announcements of her concerts. Her portfolio of compositions includes not only operas, film music and works for music theatre and orchestra, but also numerous solo pieces and chamber music. Konstantia Gourzi’s musical work is documented in detail through radio recordings, television broadcasts and live streams. Recordings of her extensive discography were released at ECM, NEOS, NAXOS and SONY Classical.

Composer’s notes

Wunde | Wunder – 7 fragments
op. 73, 2017/18

I. I am
II. the creation
III. the wound
IV. the unbeliever
V. the willingness
VI. the transformation
VII. the soul of the rose

Wunde | Wunder, 7 Fragmente (“Wound | Wonder”, 7 Fragments) is a musical reaction to the State Opera’s topic of the year, “show me your wounds”. This concept is layered with meanings – in literature, the visual arts, music, the Christian tradition, and so on. I decided to go back to the core of it all and ask “what is a wound, how is it seen and what happens, once one has taken account of it?” This third step, the question of after the wound, after pain, is what fascinated me most. Wounds and wonder – in German, these two experiences only differ by one letter of the alphabet.

I took inspiration from three pictures: Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” (1512), Caravaggio’s “The Incredulity of St Thomas” (1603), and John William Waterhouse’s “The Soul of the Rose” (1908). Three poems were also sparked by these pictures, composed by the writer Ioanna Bourazopoulou and myself at the start of this work.

The dramaturgy of the composition is like an internal dialogue for the soloist, evoking different stages of consciousness in sound. There are seven pieces with seven different sound concepts, played one after the other, as if they were one piece. The first situation flows into the next, like action and reaction, as if the music and the soloist are looking for liberation and deliverance. The names of the movements form a programme for the work.
The music begins with a cadenza from the soloist, which puts the self to the fore right from the beginning. Strong, furious rhythms and melodies and atmospheric sounds are created between the ensemble and the soloist, and form a musical dialogue of the self and its “wounds”. The question of whether a wound can lead to wonder is considered musically and dramaturgically throughout the piece.
Konstantia Gourzi

 

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Score No.

2717

Special Edition

Gourzi Edition

Genre

Chamber Music

Performance Materials

available

Printing

First print

Pages

38

Special Size

225 x 320 mm landscape format