72 Angels

“72” is a large work (82 min) for SATB choir and saxophone quartet. It is structured as a musical meditation on the 72 names of angels from the Hebrew bible. Each of the 72 angels represents a specific energy, e.g. love, health, forgiveness. All of 72 preludes are interconnected, thus creating a large whole, rather then 72 separate short pieces. The work divides itself in two parts at Prelude # 36 as well as in three parts at Preludes #24 and 48, representing the ideas of Unity and Divisions: Two in One, and Three in One. At these demarcation points (Preludes #24, 36, 48 & 72) all of the already introduced names of angels are pronounced. The piece concludes with an Amen movement, a quiet meditation based on the overtone series, the nature and the basis for any harmony or sound.



Lera Auerbach

Born in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk on the border of Siberia, Lera Auerbach wrote her first opera at the age of only twelve years. After having immigrated to the United States in 1991 she gratuated with master's degree in composition and piano from the Juilliard School in New York. In addition, she studied Literature at Columbia University. Auerbach made her debut in Carnegie Hall in 2002, performing her own Suite for Violin, Piano and Orchestra op. 60 with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica.

Today the Russian-American composer, concert pianist and poet belongs to the most sought after creative voices. Auerbach has published over 100 works for orchestra, opera and ballet, as well as choral music. She has performed in high-profile concert halls like Carnagie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Herkulessaal in Munich and Oslo Concert Hall.

At first, Lera Auerbachs music seems to be heavily influenced by tradition. However, she uses classical tonality and form for searching for new paths. When listening closely, Auerbachs music opens a whole cosmos of unusual sounds, colors and approaches. Her personal and intelligent style connects Auerbach to audiences around the world.