Carmen-Helena Téllez composes original music or engages in creative transcription as part of the concept and internal narrative of an interdisciplinary work or concert presentation. The following are representative examples:
Carmen-Helena Téllez: Lux vivens, a processional motet based on a melody by Hildegard von Bingen, performed by the women of Notre Dame Vocale, composed for Margot Fassler’s digital recreation of Hildegard’s Cosmic Egg.
Mario Lavista : Agnus Dei, from the transcription of the Missa Brevis for chorus a cappella 4 solo voices and 4 solo instruments by Carmen-Helena Téllez, performed by Aquava New Music Studio as part of Musica Mariana, a thematic concert for the Festival Cervantino of Mexico (2003). YouTube Video
Mozart’s La Flauta Magica de los Andes is a transcription of the beloved opera for an orchestra for Andean instruments. Commissioned by Chía Patiño and the Teatro Nacional Sucre of Ecuador, it represents a complete revision and completion of an original draft by the eminent founder and director of the National Orchestra of Andean Instruments of Ecuador, Segundo Cóndor, who died in 2014. YouTube Video.
Recent and Upcoming projects:
Dreaming/Undreaming, an art-music video commissioned by the Princeton Festival for a scheduled premiere in June 2021. Inspired by tales of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges, it marries original video by Camilla Tassi and Ryan Belock with musical “promenades” by Carmen-Helena Téllez paying homage to Johann Sebastian Bach.
Robin’s Poems, for soprano and chamber ensemble, on poems by University of Cambridge scholar and poet Robin Kirkpatrick, who wrote the libretto for The Dante Project (2019-2020),
Robin’s Poem No. 2 Scintillans
Oratorius nach den Bilden der Bibel, an adaptation of the oratorio by Fanny Mendelssohn, for double quintet and piano, premiered on February 23, 2020, Erin Wendt, conductor.