Ensemble Musikfabrik

Isabel Mundry I

Bas Wiegers, conductor

Woman standing in front of a background with shadow texture

Isabel Mundry © Astrid Ackermann

How does the music of our accumulated yesterdays continue to write itself into today? This year a three-part showcase dedicated to the German composer Isabel Mundry positions her music as a dialogue between times. It opens with an evening featuring the Ensemble Musikfabrik and pieces that explore and open up the historical echo chambers of Gregorian chant and the Baroque.

18:10, Exhibition Foyer
Work introduction

Perspectives play with each other: “When I hear sounds with my eyes closed, I imagine spaces. When I see spaces, sounds are produced.” Both forms of perception and particularly their effects on each other have always fascinated Isabel Mundry, though the composer, born in 1963 in Schlüchtern in Hesse, also reflects the places and periods that established historical works of music, art and literature carry within them – an intertwining of historical influences. The latter becomes the focus of Mundry’s compilation work “Schwankende Zeit”, as here two pieces from François Couperin’s “Préludes non mesurés” arranged for an ensemble meet Mundry’s own tonal language: a creative dialogue that illuminates the structure of the contemporary listener’s perspective on pieces by the French Baroque master while leaving its own mark in the new compositions. In “Noli me tangere” for solo percussion and large ensemble, the composer was interested in “a meditation on the phenomenon of touch, that is only revealed if it is not equated with grabbing, grasping or holding.” The soloist and ensemble react to each other in sonic gestures that swirl through the space without synchronising: “It’s always about forms of resonance but never about convergence.” The trumpet duo “Figura” was ultimately inspired, in the composer’s words, by “Gregorian chant and its echoes in later, notated works,” transformed for the two instrumentalists into musical “gestures of adoption and adaptation.” 


Isabel Mundry (*1963)

Noli me tangere (2019/20)
for percussion and ensemble 

Schwankende Zeit (Komplettzyklus, 2006-09)
for large ensemble

  1. Non mesuré with Louis Couperin I (2008/09)
  2. Schwankende Zeit (2007/08)
  3. Gefächerter Ort (2007/09)
  4. Non mesuré with Louis Couperin II (2008/09)
  5. Je est un autre (2009)

Figura (2022 – 2024)
Duo for 2 B trumpets


Marco Blaauw – trumpet
Markus Schwind – trumpet
Dirk Rothbrust – percussion

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Bas Wiegers
– conductor

An event by Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin
With the kind support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation