TITLE: abaGa baʁatur (uncle hero) a b title 1
CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): 88 (2014)
INSTRUMENTATION: for four voices

PREMIERE BY: AUDITIVVOKAL DRESDEN {Angela Wingerath, Soprano; Katja Fischer, Soprano; Carl Thiemt, Multi-Vokalist; Timo Hannig, Bass; Olaf Katzer, conductor} on June 14th 2016, Palais im Großen Garten Dresden


NOTE: AbaGa baʁatur (uncle hero) refers to the second Mongol ruler in Persia, Abaqa Khan from 1265 to 1282. During this time the Mongol empire was consumed with civil war and invasion, which led to the development of powerful alliances, often through marriage. In 1265, Abaqa Khan’s father, Hulagu Khan, had negotiated with Byzantine emperor Michael VIII Palaiologos to add a daughter of the Byzantine imperial family to the number of Hulagu’s wives. Michael selected his illegitimate daughter Maria Palaiologina, but before she arrived in Persia, Hulagu died, so she was married to the Prince Abaqa Khan instead. This composition is a short glimpse of war, love and alliance.

Here is a recording on June 06, 2016_06_14 of the world premiere by AUDITIVVOKAL DRESDEN in the Palais im Großen Garten, Dresden.


The Mongolian language features many guttural sounds, and being a living language, has evolved over time. This scene will compare the articulation of ancient, abaGa baʁatur and modern, abaga baatar(a) Mongolian, through the use and disuse of palatal, velar and uvular fricatives, trills and plosives. Then contrasting natural language use will be those experimental articulatory procedures identified throughout the score and based upon a novel articulatory mapping of the vocal tract

From the premiere on June 14 in Dresden by AuditivVokal