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09.12.2021

The Sixth Commandment by Elżbieta Sikora at SWR Experimentalstudio

New project involving Les Métaboles vocal ensemble, Erik Drescher (flutes), Bartosz Koziak (cello), Dominik Dołęga (percussion) and the SWR Experimentalstudio, under direction of Léo Warynski features Luigi Nono's Quando stanno morendo. Diario polacco no.2 and a new work The Sixth Commandment by Polish-French composer Elżbieta Sikora has been recently produced in Paris and Freiburg. 

Both works are composers' responses to the political violence and injustice: Luigi Nono wrote his piece in reaction to the introduction of the martial law and the oppression of the Solidarność workers' union in Poland, in 1981. In his piece, Nono used fragments of poems by Czesław Miłosz, Aleksandr Blok, Boris Pasternak and others. Nearly forty years later, Elżbieta Sikora writes about her new work:

“The title of the work refers to the Sixth Commandment in the Talmudic tradition: "Thou shalt not kill". In my piece, the words of witnesses to what happened in the Nazi concentration camp at Majdanek, near Lublin, during World War II are reflected in the poems of Grzegorz Kwiatkowski and find an echo in Ekhmetjan Osman's Uyghur poetry.

Simple testimonies of the everyday violence of that time become a warning against the cruelty of our time. At different latitudes, human beings are still persecuted: women, men and children are dying in front of our eyes. And yet we know: “Thou shalt not kill” is a commandment which must not be forgotten.

The piece is dedicated to the victims of any kind of violence.”

The recording of Elżbieta Sikora's Sixth Commandment is available on SWR Experimentalstudio website (until 16.12.2021). The premiere of the Sikora / Nono project will take place on March 27, 2022 at the Philharmonic in Szczecin. The next presentation will take place on November 11, 2022 at Klangwerkstatt Berlin.

This work was commissioned by Les Métaboles on the initiative of the SONORA music agency.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the Multi-annual Programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022

With the friendly support of The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, SACEM and Polish Institute in Paris.

Publisher: Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne.

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