Listen: World Premiere of Michael Hersch's 'Carrion - Miles to Purgatory'

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Annette von Hehn and Stefan Heinemeyer gave the world premiere of Michael Hersch's "Carrion-Miles to Purgatory" at the Library of Congress (Congress/Shawn Miller)

On October 16, 2015, violinist Annette von Hehn and cellist Stefan Heinemeyer gave the world premiere of Michael Hersch's Carrion-Miles to Purgatory: thirteen pieces after texts of Robert Lowell, for violin and cello in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress. This duo was commissioned by the Hans Kindler Foundation Trust Fund in the Library of Congress.

Michael Hersch is an American composer and professor at the Peabody Institute. He's received multiple awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1997), the Rome Prize (2000) and Berlin Prize (2001). From the program notes for Carrion-Miles to Purgatory, Hersch writes the Robert Lowell's poetry is not supposed to be "sung or spoken, but rather they reside in the written score alongside the music more as a private communication between myself and the poet's words."

This on-demand music is part of a new partnership between Q2 Music and Concerts from the Library of Congress to share works that the Library of Congress either commissioned or presented as world or US premieres dating back to the 2009-2010 season.

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