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Imago Dei

Composer: Fabian Otten

Instrument: Vibraphone and Tape

Level: Advanced

Published: 2024

Price: €40.00

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  • Description +
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      Imago Dei
      is a piece which ironically examines Man’s “likeness to God“. As a species we are creating machines, building quantum computers and inventing AI. At the same time we create injustices, oppress minorities and destroy nature from economic and egoistic motivations. Regardless, Christian history in particular calls us the „crown of creation“.

      This piece is full of fast and crazy ideas, flashes of thoughts, like a computer creating false conjunctions. Short snippets of music of different styles appear and disappear. They collide with each other until the absurdness culminates in a total crash. The piece concludes in apparent peace but one is left wondering if this is just yet another false conjunction.

      Contact Edition Svitzer on mail@editionsvitzer.com to obtain accompaniment track
      Duration: approx. 10 min.

  • Instrumentation +
    • Vibraphone and Tape

  • About the composer +
    • Fabian Otten is the principal percussionist of the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg, Germany. Born in 1993 in Steinheim, Germany, he started to play piano and percussion at the age of six. In search of something which combines these two instruments, he fell in love with the sound of the marimba. 

      He studied percussion in Hamburg with Massimo Drechsler, Stephan Cürlis and Cornelia Monske, and completed his studies in Berlin with Rainer Seegers, Franz Schindlbeck and Biao Li. As a percussionist and marimbist he won several prizes including the special award of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, 2nd prize at the International 'Marimba Festiva‘ Competition and the 'Eduard-Söring-Preis' in Hamburg. 

      Composing has always been his passion. Alongside his percussion studies, he enhanced his knowledge in music theory and took private lessons with Professor Fredrik Schwenk. Through his compositions he hopes to increase awareness of the emotional possibilites of his instrument.

  • Credits +
    • Front Cover graphics and layout: Nicola Lee
      Painting: Marcel Hüppauff
      Photo: Philip Loeper
      Engraving: Fabian Otten
      Printed in Copenhagen, Denmark
      Copyright © Edition SVITZER

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