Tenet 2012 [ excerpt ]

Claudia Dumschat

composition / mix
Melissa Grey

recording engineer
Jim Briggs III

Commissioned by Claudia Dumschat and the Church of the Transfiguration

Tenet, an electroacoustic work for organ, was composed for Claudia Dumschat and the C. B. Fisk organ in the Church of the Transfiguration, NYC. It is based on the transliteration of a mysterious Latin phrase: sator arepo tenet opera rotas. This unique palindrome and magic square can be read top-to-bottom, bottom-to-top, left-to-right, and right-to-left, and roughly translates as: the sower Arepo keeps the work moving.

In performance, the recorded sound provides a fixed matrix in which the organist is free to choose registrations and to enter and exit at will, but is restricted to the twenty-five transliterated pitches.

Church of the Transfiguration / November 13, 2012

First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT / November 8, 2012

 Claudia Dumschat / CB Fisk organ     
 Claudia Dumschat / CB Fisk organ     
 FPC of Greenwich, CT     
 FPC of Greenwich, CT