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„The word ‚new’ has become old“ – Sofia Gubaidulina in St. Gallen

The club “Kontrapunkt St. Gallen”, forming also the Swiss section of the IGNM (International Society for New Music), gives a series of concerts with contemporary music each year. This year selected chamber music pieces were performed under the title “Encounters with Sofia Gubaidulina”. They were pieces by Ms Gubaidulina as well as by the Austrian composers Bruno Strobel, Peter Ablinger and Günther Zechberger.

Philippe Reichen comments in the Schweizer Tagblatt (30 March 2004):

„(...) There were encounters everywhere, especially between composers and musicians. St. Gallen cellist Gerhard Oetker worked with Ms Gubaidulina in two rehearsal sessions and accounts for a hard, intense work. She has a very clear vision how her work ought to sound. What sha says has to be done which demands a quick understanding from the musician. (…) Sofia Gubaidulina herself made some discoveries in St. Gallen, tremendous ones, as it seems. Already before the concert she complimented the singer Eva Nievergelt on her ability to interpret her (Gubaidulina’s) work perfectly from the very first note. (…) The 14 gallows songs by Sofia Gubaidulina formed the end as well as the climax of the concert series and inspired organizer and composer Bruno Karrer to the assumption that the three day festival was not over yet. (…)”

The composer herself said to Bettina Kugler:

“(…) I am actually convinced that art cannot really be alive without religion. It seems to me that only religiousness and art elevate us towards heaven, towards absolute truth and the highest things. Man has almost lost religiousness, art still exists, but it is leaning over the edge. To lose them both would be the end of mankind – without exaggeration. For me the connexion between art and religion is natural.”

“(…) To create something new is not ‘in’ at present. The 20th century has produced such affluence; art doesn’t need it, nor does man. Much more important than more new things is the quest for the sense of form: spiritual activity, not material. The word ‘new’ has become old. Current words in art would be: real, noble, high, spiritual.”