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Composed by
Michele Bernabei
Performed by
bass clarinet, cello, flute, percussion, piano, violin
With electronics
Work premiered
July 2020
Venue of the premiere
Milan (Italy)
8 minutes

Condemned as witches, the herbarie or female herbal magicians were an essential feature of popular medieval culture. They were free women and skilled sorceresses, but also talented healers; this fostered resentment among powerful male figures who accused them of using plants to heal, or to provide a painless death. Guilty of engaging in a world of secrets confided, of listening to problems, of contraceptives, births and abortions, their persecution resulted in the elimination of centuries of ancient know-how, inscribed in the body and memory of the earth.

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