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Jan Vogler to premiere cello concerto by Tigran Mansurian (April 2010)


Jan Vogler will premiere Tigran Mansurian's new cello concerto "Ubi est Abel frater tuus?" ("Where is your brother Abel?") on 24 April in Cologne Philharmonie at the opening concert of the MusikTriennale. Here is what the composer says about his new piece:

When I received the commission to write this concerto from WDR symphonic orchestra, I saw that the concert was scheduled for April 24, 2010. I thought to myself; is this a deliberate choice, to schedule the premiere on such a day? April 24 is for all Armenians worldwide the commemoration day of the victims of the 1915 Genocide. No Armenian musician could allow himself to go on stage on that day “just like that”. I pondered quite a lot in the beginning whether or not to ask Jan Vogler or Semyon Bychkov if scheduling on April 24 was a choice or a coincidence. Then I realized that regardless of what they would answer me, I would write April 24. I was born in Beirut; both my parents are children who grew up in orphanages. My father is from Tigranakert (Diarbekir) and my mother from Marash. They ended up in an orphanage against their will (one in an American orphanage, the other in an Armenian one). They had both crossed the gehenna of 1915. In Yerevan city, on the top of the hill of Tzitzernakaberd, stands the memorial to the victims of the Genocide. My mother, who is no longer living, would often go, in one hand the hand of one of her grandchildren and in the other a bouquet of flowers, to visit this memorial. For her, this was one way to visit her parents’ tombs (they had had cruel deaths; they did not have graves). Here is why I am telling you this story: while writing the concerto, there came a moment when I asked Jan Vogler if he knew what April 24 meant for me. Jan told me that scheduling the concert on that day was mere coincidence, but that he had read Franz Werfel’s “Forty Days of Musa Dagh” in his youth and was deeply impressed by it, that he knew that part of our people’s history. I was happy for this fact. I was also happy when I heard his concert and at last met him in the US. A warm atmosphere of friendship was instantly created between us. Although this is a one-movement concerto, it is made of three internal parts. The first part is “Kyrie Eleison”, the second “Dies Irae, and the third “Agnus Dei”. I have not titled this work “Requiem”, because it actually is a concerto, and I have tried, at least on the title level, not to mix different musical genres. I know that concerto-requiems have been composed; I know some of them. But what I have written is not that. My piece is called “Ubi Est Abel Frater Tuus?” Even in the sub-movements, I have not indicated the parts of the requiem that I mentioned. The words “Kyrie Eleison”, “Dies Irae”, “Agnus Dei”, are not written on the score. I have dedicated the work to Vogler and Bychkov. If a few words must be said about this piece, I would be content if attention were brought to the silences, especially of the silence underlying the question “Where is your brother Abel?”, as well as my feelings of respect toward this silence, and the absence of pathetic gestures, loud cries, shouts and calls in the music. I hope that my mother –up there, in that world– would be pleased that I wrote this piece.


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