Philomela (2006) 12′
soprano, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano

commissioned by Tiina-Maria Enckelmann
premiered 2006, Aikamme Musiikki, Helsinki

This work is a meditation on the possibility of redemption from victimhood, through creativity, in the ancient Greek myth of Philomela, which tells the story of a young woman brutally raped, mutilated, and held captive by her brother-in-law. It is set to a text by the composer, with excerpts from academic articles by Elissa Marder and Patricia Klindienst

Silje Åker Johnsen performing Philomela
with Norway’s Cikada Ensemble, Christian Eggen, cond.,
ISCM World New Music Days 2009, Växjö