Rein - Katharina Rosenberger
Rein is the Rhaeto-Romance name of the river Rhine and refers to the region in the Swiss Alps where the river emerges from beneath dense granite rocks. The Rhine runs through a number of European countries and plays a prominent role in their histories and mythologies. Even though rivers demarcate borders, they also connect countries and contribute to prosperity and cultural exchange. Promoting unity rather than separation between lands and peoples, Rein also speaks of the severe challenges threatening the Rhine and other rivers due to climate change and drought. Rivers are vital arteries, and this music reflects on their life-sustaining essence and on the environmental precariousness of the world that we currently live in.
Rein has been commissioned by ZeitRäume Basel for the Basel Sinfonietta.