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Sounds of worship

Anniversary concerts for 15 years AuditivVokal Dresden

In an increasingly dense culture with countless occasions of commemoration and remembrance, it is important today to also question moments of remembrance:

Does the celebration of anniversaries merely serve to honour round numbers qua 'numerical necessity'? Or can it offer its own perspective on the phenomenon of 'time', on processuality, development, the encounter between past and present? The social phenomenon of anniversaries and commemorative days originally has its roots in religious festivals that are strongly linked to emotional experience. It is precisely this primordiality of emotional experience that the programme "Verehrungsklänge" (Sounds of Worship) wants the audience to experience and thus build a bridge between old and new, not only musically but also affectively. 

To this end, AuditivVokal Dresden is not only celebrating its own birthday this year, but also other anniversaries: from the 100th birthday of Iannis Xenakis to the 125th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms, the 200th birthday of Korla Awgust Kocor, the 350th anniversary of the death of Heinrich Schütz and the 525th anniversary of the death of Johannes Ockeghem, the ensemble would like to celebrate these esteemed anniversaries musically.

Following the current programmatic idea, the anniversary programme takes the audience on a varied journey of different dialects and vernaculars - and shows that language is at least as diverse and rich in tradition as birthday customs and congratulations. Works can be heard in Leipzig dialect (Peer Baierlein, Hymnus an die Musiek), in Erzgebirge dialect (Alberto Arroyo, In der Hammerschen) as well as in Vogtland articulation (Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen), among others.

In this sense:

So much Schahre here uff Erden, that must be celebrated!


Johannes Ockeghem
Mort, tu navré de ton dart

Iannis Xenakis

Heinrich Schütz
Grant us peace

Manuel Hidalgo
Beethoven's Scherzo from the 9th Symphony

Peer Baierlein
Hymn to the Musiek (in Leipzig dialect) - premiere

Maximilian Nicolai
In the hammerhouse - premiere

Alberto Arroyo
Do De Zar (in the Erzgebirge dialect) - premiere

Korla Awgust Kocor
Psalm 139, 23-24 (in Upper Sorbian)

Johannes Brahms
Erlaube mir, feins Mädchen (in the Vogtland dialect)

Grete Lienert-Zultner
Owengebiet (in the Saxon-Transylvanian dialect)

Ticket sales to be announced at a later date!

AuditivVokal Dresden


AuditivVokal Dresden
Könneritzstraße 19
01067 Dresden