Igor Druch was (*1966) in St. Petersburg. Graduated from St. Petersburg Conservatoire. Attended the international mastercourses and seminars in Darmstadt (Paul-Heinz Dittrich), Berlin (Mark Kopytman), Stuttgart (Helmut Lachenmann). In 1994–1996 was in the circle of Edisson Denissov, together with the latter wrote sound-track to the famous movie “The Tsar’s Hunt”. In 1995 was awarded the Grand-Prix at the UNESCO Competition in Paris. Chamber music of Igor Drukh was performed by the famous “Arditi” and “Mozarteum” String Quartets, ensembles “Musica Da Camera” (Russia) and “Aleo” (USA). Member of the Russian Composers’ Association (since 1995) and “Brandenburg Collegium of Contemporary Music” (Germany, since 1993). Music of Igor Drukh was performed at the various contemporary music festivals in Russia and abroad. Creative art of Igor Drukh combines the most refined achievements of contemporary European music with Jazz and Russian church and traditional influences.
This very composition was created for the glogious Petersburgian ensemble “Musica Da Camera”. The composer Igor Drukh himself has been contacting with the “Musica Da Camera” already for many years. The spiritual connexions betwin them occurred to be as fruitful as to incite the appearance of the lage-scaled cycle “The Seven Sacraments” (1996–2000).
The “Musica Da Camera” has enjoyed its popularity as the one among the leading Russian chamber ensembles, making the world get acquainted with the music, referring to various ages, manners and genres.
Therefore, the mutual mostly warm creative work of both Drukh and the musicians formed the kind of “resourceful treasury”, serving as the powerful spur for the composer's inspiration.
The “Musica Da Camera” was firstly executed by ensemble “Musica Da Camera”. The premiere took place at the significant “Potsdam — Sanssouci” Festival (Germany) in 2000.