Sabine E. Panzer

(born in 1960, in Judenburg,Austria, resident in Austria), composer. She received her initial musical instruction in recorder, violin, guitar, oboe and piano. She was a member of the children’s and youth ensemble both as a percussionist and as a player of various other instruments. Panzer went on to study music theory and composition in Vienna and Salzburg, supplementing these studies with various master classes. She also studied piano with Markus Hinterhäuser. Decisive impulses came from Luigi Nono and his works. Nono’s death led to Panzer’s radical withdrawal. Her years of absence and travel gave birth to Totenklage (Lament for the Dead, a piece of memorializing  L.Nono. She also experienced further influential encounters with figures including Schäffer, Schnittke, Cage and Stockhausen. Panzer also traveled to Spain to visit Eduardo Chillida and study his space-time sculpture s. For her own music, the composer invented the term “ Centro Assente”-absent center- this being the point of reference that never appears acoustically. Panzer works with “non time areas” and “non-space-areas”, as well as with sound – inherent movement.
Selected works: Homenaje a Los Peines de Los Vientos di Eduardo Chillida for 5 bass and 2 contrabass clarinets, ca. 50 min., Assente III- San Pietro di Colonia, space composition for ensemble +2 voices – acoustic portrait of St. Peter’S /Cologne (premiered in 2005), 60 min, Vocis in Ore, based on 2 non recited poems by Alexander Pope and G.V Catullus, for ensemble (première in Seoul, 2009)
Performances: in Seoul, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Cologne, Warsaw, etc.

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