The name Invocatio comes from the Latin verb invocare which means “to call on, to invoke, to give”. Invoking the Muse was a common practice among the classical poets in which the poet asked for the inspiration, skill, knowledge or appropriate mood to create a valuable work of art. How Musical Witchcraft became Invocatio Musical Witchcraft originally was the name of one of the compositions on Attila Kollar’s first solo album. The name was meant to suggest the abundance of different music styles present in the album. The word witchcraft reflected well the genre syncretism charecteristic to our music that’s why we could identify ourselves with the name Musical Withchcraft. Later we had to realize though that this English name sounded foreign to Hungarian people and we often had to explain the idea behind the name especially to our church audience that was actually our target audience for our Psalm adaptations. That’s why we agreed to change our name even though the change implied further explanation and interpretation. Since the word invocatio comes from Latin it has become an international word which is more familiar to people. On the other hand the meaning of the word invocatio is a good reflection of our aim and attitude towards music, namely to invoke, to call on and to be called on and supplication at the same time.
“O Sing unto the Lord a new song!” Psalm 96:1
The team of INVOCATIO MUSICALIS really enjoys playing and making music and all of us truly appreciate the magic of live music. Nevertheless, the concert recordings that comprise this CD were selected not from several hundred recordings but only from about seven-eight pieces. There is a very simple reason for this, in the past eight years we have given “only” less than a hundred concerts.
Encouraged by the incomparable magic of live music we have been doing our best to display our musical talents received from the Lord. For this purpose, an excellent starting point is provided by the collection of songs/hymns and psalms found in the songbook of the Hungarian Reformed Church. These are far not the variations of a simple theme since the rich musical treasury of diverse origins used in the 1940’s to select contents of the songbook encompasses several centuries.
Young artists always try to find and discover new tunes, new voices and new means of expressing their message in their individual ways. For us it is a special reward that we may consider these remakes and variations of pieces selected from the Reformed Church songbook almost absolutely as ours and can play these songs on our concerts together with our own compositions.
We are delighted that we could play our music with success not only on “home turf” but also abroad. We held concerts in September, 2008 in Nagyszeben (Sibiu), Transsylvania and also in May, 2012 in Kaufbeuren, Southern Bavaria.
Besides the milieu of a church or the intimate setting of a smaller music club we also appreciate when our songs and compositions can be heard live on a larger stage. Since the founding of the group in 2007 the annually held Reformed Church Musical Festival in Hungary is a standard event for us where we can expect to play the strings and blow the flute each year. This will be the same in May, 2015 when the tunes of INVOCATIO MUSICALIS should be heard again on the grand stage in Bakáts square, Budapest.
How did the name Musical Witchcraft change to Invocatio Musicalis? In fact, this can be checked out on the web page of our group (www.invocatio.hu). On the other hand, the answer to the question “how we may get even closer with our songs to those who our truly fond of music” is still, well, the music of the future…As Johann Sebastian Bach, the only remark we intend to write on the virtual musical sheet following our compositions is:
Soli Deo Gloria, i.e. Glory to God alone!