Sorores (Frauenpartita) for clarinet, bass clarinet, violin and violoncello was commissioned by the film director John Michalczyk for the documentary Women in the crosshairs: Victims and Activists in Conflict Zones. Sorores refers to women who share the experience of being victims. They become cross-cultural sisters through traumas familiar to them all; emotional divisions, suffered exploitations, abuses and retributions expose their shared bloodline. Why Frauenpartita? Etymologically, the word _partita_ stems from the verb _partire_, ‘divide’, of which the past passive participle _partitus_ takes on such meanings as ‘shared, divided, parted, distributed’; _partita_ is the feminine (Frauen) form…
A musical partita contains structural divisions that unfold as variations. Sorores is organized as a collection of six interlinked profiles: psychological transformations resonate in constantly shifting musical shapes. Material presented in the opening movement undergoes constant manipulation and reappears in altered guises throughout the work, a musical illustration of fortitude and resilience becoming of the ‘sisters’. The two movements entitled ‘Offerta fraternalia’ are a ‘brother’s’ homage- a tribute to the strength and beauty of ‘das ewig Weibliche’.
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