Reuben Pace is a contemporary Maltese composer who gained the majority of his musical education in the UK. His compositions are produced both electronically and acoustically, and he has also combined these two forms in his multi-media opera ‘Il-Kantilena’, which was the first of its kind to be produced in Malta.
Pace’s work for the Mdina Biennale is entitled ‘Versus – of God and Man’, which musically displays how different people view their relationship with God. This will be presented in the form of a chamber choir consisting of various vocalists including a male and a female soprano, mezzo soprano, baritone, as well as a tenor. The aim of having such a wide range of vocalists is to allow the composer to depict a number of “different perspectives of the protagonist’s relationship with God”. This work therefore fits perfectly into the theme of this year’s Mdina Biennale since it is an in-depth depiction of the author’s spirituality.
His work also incorporates various important elements found within the Maltese islands including its language as well as traditional folk tunes transformed into a contemporary piece. Although the Mdina Biennale theme is not one which the artist has often tackled, it has appeared before in two of his works, namely ‘Waiting for Godot’ and ‘Missa Brevis’. The artist shares his thoughts on the theme by saying that:
“Whether you are a theist or an atheist, religion is and will continue to be one of humanity’s assets or liabilities. Hence even in the contemporary world religion still has an influence on art whether direct or indirect.”
When asked about how he understands spirituality in art, the composer answered by saying that spirituality is “the human soul transmigrating from the physical body to humanity’s projection of itself –art in its various forms.”
Reuban Pace is a participant in this year’s Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale which will be taking place between the 13th November and the 7th January 2016. APS bank is the main partner of the Mdina Biennale.
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