Markus Pfandler-Pöcksteiner and his comrades-in-arms Judith Reiter and Julia Confica passed a “musical-philosophical labyrinth” on April 15 in Herz-Jesu-Kirche in Gmünd-Neustadt. For the (young) audience it was a unique concert experience.
The three musicians have performed works by Schönberg, Brahms, and others, and they wander the spacious interior of the church on labyrinthine paths, singing and composing music. The program was guided by the canons of the “musical overture” of Johann Sebastian Bach. The great acoustics of “Dome des Waldviertel” gave many surprising moments. For the visitors, there was a detailed flyer about the program for better understanding.
Winding ways of life
The initiator of “Labyrinthe” is Markus Pfandler-Pöcksteiner, who dealt with the canon’s musical form. The idea arose out of a personal crisis. You’ve noticed that there are similarities in the law with your own life. The labyrinth also symbolizes the winding paths of life. For a year he took a break from concerts and rehearsed a little with his colleagues for this concert.
Pfandler seized the opportunity to play piano, organ and spinnett and admired Rachmaninoff’s “Tableaux Studies” No. 33 No. 4. Composer Judith Reiter made her way across the nave and sang her work “Far – Leuchtturm” and played the viola. Born in Heidenreichstein, Giulia Confica sparkles on violin with Arvo Pärt’s Fratres.
a one-time event?
The ceremony took place as part of the Kultur.Raum.Kirche cultural initiative launched by the parish of Gmünd-Neustadt in the fall. No further appearances are planned with the “Labyrinth”, because the church and its surroundings offer unique opportunities not available anywhere else, says Pfandler-Pöcksteiner: “But when asked – why not?”
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