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Composers on the Coronavirus Crisis: Jüri Reinvere

The consequences of the coronavirus crisis move us all. We have asked our composers how these months and weeks affect their artistic work. What they answer will be published progressively in this section as they appear.

Jüri Reinvere

(The Estonian composer was born on 2 December 1971. He has lived in Germany since 2005. His often uses his own poems for music, revealing a complex language flowing out of the personal experiences from a cosmopolitan life)

"It's like an autumn storm: the projects and income of our colleagues, all these dear, courageous, hard-working people in the ensembles and the soloists, are falling down like trees in a hurricane. In the middle of this storm, a composer for whom several premieres had to be postponed sits in his home, only a few kilometres from Frankfurt Airport, which usually fills the air with low level but constant noise. Now nothing stirs around the house. Just a few squirrels play on the spruce trees while the birds sing. Aside from that, there is a dead silence.
It is not the first time in the history of music that public life has collapsed in such a way. But it is the first time in the history of mankind that the individual's life is so highly valued that the whole of society has subordinated everything, the economy, transport, education, culture etc., to this good. Artists have been pioneers of this high appreciation of the individual, irretrievable life: even though they are now among the first whose existence is endangered by the current collapse, they were also the first to discover, strengthen, make visible, give a voice to the individual a good two hundred years ago, in which the life of the individual life had no value in war and state, in plague and economy, in the dynamics of great revolutions.
The main task for artists now is still to observe extremely carefully what and how something happens. After this deathly silence is over, they must find words, images and voices for what it leaves in us and around us, and for the new things that may arise from it.

(Jüri Reinvere, 7. April 2020)