Maintz, Philipp
septimus angelus for organ solo
Symphonic observations about Albrecht Dürer's Apocalypse
- Challenging, virtuosic solo work
- New and colorful sound impressions for the instrument
- Valuable expansion of the symphonic organ repertory
Edition no.
BA 11411
ISMN
9790006566846
Instrumentation of the work
Organ
Language(s) of text
German
Product format
Performance score
Instrumentation
Organ
Comments
World Premiere 03/07/2019, Nuremburg
Binding
Ring stitching
Pages / Format
44 S. - 32,5 x 25,5 cm
The doomsday visions of Albrecht Dürer’s woodcut series “Apocalypse with Pictures” have inspired many composers to create musical representations of the pictured events. With “septimus angelus“, Philipp Maintz follows in this tradition. However he abandons the pattern of a primarily pictorial reinterpretation of these artworks, concentrating instead on the wealth of their structural mysteries.

In the Foreword of the score, organist Bernhard Buttmann writes: “Both the organist and the audience are seen as subjects of the musical happening and become its focal point. Just as Dürer’s richness of detail will only reveal itself after lengthy, meditative observation, Philipp Maintz’ “septimus angelus” requires an unbiased, open-minded, and perpetually fresh listening process that should correspond to a colorful interpretation with an openness to new sound experiments. The performer faces the challenging task of incorporating a wealth of precious details into the musical development as a whole, while offering ever-changing ways of musical illumination from multiple perspectives.”
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