If music be the food of love, sing on, sing on, sing on ... (Shakespeare)
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Intention and target for this composition was a cantata to celebrate the octocentenary of the municipal church of Preetz (Germany). Since the first performance was fixed at 30th of May 2010, the week after Whitsun, a Whit cantata seemed to be indicated. The setting was guided by the musical resources involving the congregational singing during the anniversary celebration. Kaiser-Lindemann expanded the setting by five professional performers: solo soprano, solo flute, 2 piccolo trumpets and timpani.
The lyrics were based on the forceful latin “Veni, Creator Spiritus” by Rhabanus Maurus from the 9th century, which praises the Pneuma’s power. Furthermore two different german translations were added: on the one hand the familiar “Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist” and on the other hand the less known “Komm, Schöpfer Geist, kehr bei uns ein”.
Stilistically Kaiser-Lindemann’s work ranges between Gregorian hints and ecclesiastical modes right up to contemporary atonal affinity.