Jocelyn Robert | Versöhnungskirche

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by Jocelyn Robert

A series of Disklavier piano works inspired by the destruction of the Versönungskirche — the Church of Reconciliation— in Berlin in 1985. The church was destroyed , but citizens kept the bells and brought them back after the Wall was put down.
Genre: Classical: Piano solo
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1. Versöhnungskirche
23:02 $0.99
2. Montaigne
9:00 $0.99
3. Rouge
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4. Le Pont No. 2
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5. Le Lointain
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In 1961, a Wall was built in Berlin. Not everything went according to plan, however, because in the middle of the Wall's path, on BernauerStrasse, stood the Church of Reconciliation. The Wall had to be modified in order to make an exception for the Church. In 1985, authorities decided they were no longer willing to tolerate this disruption of the Wall, so the Church was blown up. After the demolition, some Berliners took and hid the Church’s bells. In 1989, the Wall was torn down. Three years later, those who had kept the bells brought them back.
In 2005, I was invited to take part in Private|Public Interface Berlin, an event that offered several artists to explore the theme of the limit of private and public spaces. Given a specific part of Berlin to work in, I discovered the story of the Versönungskirche, and was very impressed by the idea that the bells were kept and brought back after the Wall was put down. What was particularly interesting to me was the opposition of the two geometries : the one of straight lines and walls building, and the one of individual cycles becoming a whole that bells create each with their own rhythm. I wrote the first version of the first piece of this series for the event in 2005. Later, I rewrote the first piece and composed four more around the same ideas. Together, they are Versönungskirche.



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