Book / 2012
Author: Karmina Šilec
The book Nolite tacere by the conductor Karmina Šilec – about her work with the choir Carmina Slovenica, her original, outstanding, exploratory approach in music and scenic arts – is a collection of exciting chapters with the titles such as God’s Gift, Magic Gestures, High Jumps, Antidepressants of King Savel, Somebody in Another Time will Remember us, A Toad for Breakfast, and others.
The texts are collections of thoughts related to the creative processes of the music collective, to motivation, inspiration, history of vocal music and other themes important for the author’s music and pedagogical work. Nolite tacere encompasses the artistic credo, the methods and techniques of directing an artistic corpus, the creative approaches which are hugely successful around the world. The book thus reflects authoress' unique artistic practice and offers a profound insight in the matter, in the background of what Carmina Slovenica is.
The texts compiled in the book have been written over a longer period of time and served mostly as a reflection on the themes she later put on concert stages, and about themes that are important to her artistic work. Some of them were published in various professional and popular publications in Slovenia and abroad, some used as basis for lectures, others accompanied projects in the programme booklets.
Excerpt from the book:
A concert or a music-scenic project is usually in the making for a couple of years. I start studying the basic idea that interests me and search for materials: texts, studies, visual materials, scores, records and similar. I select interesting segments, I memorize them, store them and slowly compose a whole. During this process there are often notes which are a kind of summary of what took part in the creative process. A large collection of sources, some of them I forget where they come from, ideas and thoughts gradually contracts, filters and blends, and what remains are the notes collected in this book.
* The book is in Slovene language only.
From the Press
This is not a dull didactic aid, the book is interesting reading in which pedagogical principles, contemplations are intertwined, reaching into various fields of creativity, as well as memoirs which illustrate the outstanding concert path of our most eminent choir in Slovenia … … the book Nolite tacere / Translated into music by Karmina Šilec reveals all those intellectual, psychological, philosophical and spiritual layers which an individual – more or less hidden from the eyes of her performing group and the public – lives in her own artistic daily routine.
Peter Rak, Delo