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Milica Djordjević: transfixed I-III

for Ensemble





past tense: transfixed; past participle: transfixed

transfix: cause (someone) to become motionless with horror, wonder, or astonishment.


[ trans-fiks ]

verb (used with object), trans·fixed or trans·fixt, trans·fix·ing.

past tense: transfixed; past participle: transfixed


to make or hold motionless with amazement, awe, horror, wonder, or astonishment

to pierce through with or as if with a pointed weapon; impale.

to hold or fasten with or on something that pierces.

held banned [in one place or condition] by a compelling force; to bind, to fetter
captivatedto hold under a ban, to fascinate; to strongly claim someone’s attention


to be fascinated or entranced by sb./etc.


In 2020 I wrote two miniatures for Karajan Akademie, as part of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Claudio Abbado Prize. Working on a small form was something relatively new for me, and it inspired playing with other »constraints« and challenges, which was incredibly enriching, liberating, and inspiring. It turned out to be a whole new world: rich, colorful and exciting. The process opened up new avenues and these pieces, actually the materials, led to further exploration of their potential. The plan is to write a cycle of transfixed.

(Milica Djordjević)