Developed from the 13th & 14th century concept of a "book of hours", a prayer book for laymen, and particularly the book of the Duke of Berry (1340-1416) which describes relationships between people; performed by Andreas Feilen, Eva-Maria Houben, and Erik Carlson.
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Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1607/08
Squidco Product Code: 23040
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 4 Panels
Les Tres Riches Heures recorded at TU in Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany, in December 2015, by Bileam Kumper.
Les Tres Belles Heures recorded at Conrad Preby's Concert Hall at the University of California in San Diego.
Les Petites Heures recorded at a private residence in Krefeld, Germany by Bileam Kumper.
Eva Maria Houben-composer, piano, violin
Andreas Feilen-tubular bells
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1. les très riches heures (livres d'heures 1) (2015) (tubular bells & piano)
andreas feilen, tubular bells; eva-maria houben, piano
2. les très belles heures (livres d'heures 2) (2016) (two violins)
erik carlson, violin
les petites heures (livres d'heures 3) (2016)
bileam kümper, eva-maria houben
1. version 1
2. version 2
3. version 3
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"A book of hours usually was designed for the private devotion of laymen as a prayer book. They arose in the 13th century and reached heyday during the late 14th century and the 15th century in france and the flemish region.
Very famous is the books of hours of the Duc De Berry (1340-1416), including "Tres riches heures". Here the books of hours examine different kinds of relationship between people. As it is described in the last book (Les Petites Heures):
"-Edition Wandelweiser Records
"The book of hours is a Christian devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. It is the most common type of surviving medieval illuminated manuscript. Like every manuscript, each manuscript book of hours is unique in one way or another, but most contain a similar collection of texts, prayers and psalms, often with appropriate decorations, for Christian devotion. Illumination or decoration is minimal in many examples, often restricted to decorated capital letters at the start of psalms and other prayers, but books made for wealthy patrons may be extremely lavish, with full-page miniatures.
Books of hours were usually written in Latin (the Latin name for them is horae), although there are many entirely or partially written in vernacular European languages, especially Dutch. The English term primer is usually now reserved for those books written in English. Tens of thousands of books of hours have survived to the present day, in libraries and private collections throughout the world. [...]"-Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_hours
• Show Bio for Eva Maria Houben
"Eva Maria Houben (born 1955) studied Music Education at Folkwang-Musikhochschule Essen and the organ with Gisbert Schneider. Following her exams she taught both German and Music Education at Secondary School. She received her doctorate and postdoctoral lecturing qualification in musicology and was called for lectures at Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg and Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf. Since 1993 Professor Houben has been lecturing at Dortmund University`s "Institut für Musik und Musikwissenschaft", with both music theory and contemporary music as her focus. Up to now many books were published, concerning contemporary music, contemporary composers and traditional music, listened to with 'new ears'.
Eva-Maria Houben has been performing works for the organ for more than 30 years. As she is related to the "wandelweiser-group" of composers, her compositions are published by "edition wandelweiser", Haan. Her list of compositions up to now includes works for the organ, piano, clarinet, trombone, violoncello and other solo instruments, works for voice and piano, for wind and chamber ensembles, for orchestra and for voice and orchestra, works for choir (www.wandelweiser.de). She publishes on subjects of contemporary music (Steiner, PFAU, Edition Howeg, bis-label Oldenburg)."6/13/2017
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"Erik Carlson has performed as a soloist and with many chamber and orchestral ensembles throughout Europe and the Americas. He is a highly active performer of contemporary music and has had works written for him by numerous composers, including Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tom Johnson, Jürg Frey, and Georges Aperghis. Mr. Carlson is an enthusiastic proponent of interdisciplinary collaboration, and performs frequently with poets, dancers, actors, and film.
He is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Talea Ensemble and is the founder of the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. He has been featured on over a dozen recordings, including his own two recent albums of music for violin. Also a composer, he has had his musical compositions performed in a wide variety of venues. He studied violin with Jorja Fleezanis, Ronald Copes, and Robert Mann, and holds a Master's degree from The Juilliard School. Mr. Carlson enjoys expensive bourbon and long walks on the beach.:-International Contemporary Ensemble website (http://iceorg.org/about/artist/carlson)
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