Kilian's Antipodean dream (radiophonic music)
by Colin Black
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Library shelf no. CD 2295 [Available for loan]
Kilian's Antipodean Dream is based on the true story of the Sorb pastor Jan Kilian (1811-1884) who, to keep his Old Lutheran faith from the clutches of the Prussian government, dreamt of salvation in a foreign land. His initial emigration plan, was to go to a continent of which he could have only have had a very vague idea: Australia. To create this new work Black traveled to Kilian's homeland in Upper Lusatia (East Germany) and made location recordings of Kilian's churches, his home, interviewed Sorbs, researched historical documents and recorded Kilian's text on location. From this material Black composed what Deutschlandradio describes as an "akustisches Phantasma" [acoustic phantasm] of his own homeland: Australia, "einem schillernden Klangraum zwischen Imagination und Realität" [a shimmering sound space between imagination and reality]. In fact Jan Kilian never set foot on Australian soil, he changed his mind and emigrated to Texas (USA) in 1854 with 550 other Sorbian Lutherans.
Duration: 52 min.
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