A composition of Wolfgang Muthspiel
Rebekka Bakken, voice
Dhafer Youssef, voice
Markus Stockhausen, trumpet
Tara Bouman, bassclainet
Wolfgang Muthspiel, guitars, composition
Wolfgang Muthspiel's LOGOS, a composition after texts from the Bible, the Koran, and scriptures of Islamic and Christian mystics, was premiered on July 21.2007 at the Collegiate Church of Zwettl, Austria.
The work was commissioned from Mr. Muthspiel by the International Organ Festival in Zwettl, Austria. The thematic starting point for his composition LOGOS is the word as vibration and transmitter of meaning.
In the beginning of The Gospel according to St. John, the word IS God. The Koran, on the other hand, is the message of God dictated through words. The sound of a word is already music, in it's melody and rhythm much is communicated before it is intellectually understood.
From that thought it is a short step to composition. In the course of writing the piece, the guitarist/composer took into account the specific reverberant acoustics of the church. This fact may also have been a motive for Muthspiel to select such musicians for LOGOS who dedicate a great part of their creative life to the adventure of sound.