Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH [little I AM ME]
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Dedicated to his youngest daughter Georg Friedrich Haas transformed Mira Lobe's famous children's book Little I-Am-Me into music theater for a young audience.

Lustvoll ahmt das Ensemble den lautmalerischen Effekt nach – und es ist nicht irgendein Ensemble, sondern das beste; das Klangforum Wien unter dem Dirigenten Bas Wiegers, der das Stück wie alle Beteiligten gleich ernst nimmt wie jede Produktion für Erwachsene.
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Mira Lobe’s Little I-Am-Me is a great work of art. It’s not only the content which is inspired – its simplicity, perspicuity, and its moral aspirations – but also its language is art at the highest level. How Mira Lobe works with rhythm and rhyme, how she builds tension by varying the length of the verse lines, how she applies repetitions – this is all done with a most impressive poetic virtuosity.

To quote an example:
The sentence which is repeated over and over again – the “refrain”, so to speak, of the text, changes its MEANING according to which word is emphasised:

BECAUSE I am, I don’t KNOW who,
SEARCHing here and SEARCHing there,
SEARCHing there and SEARCHing here,
WANT to know just I am WHO.

turns into:
 
Because I AM, I don’t know WHO
Searching HERE and searching THERE
Searching THERE and searching HERE,
Want to KNOW just I AM who.
 
Mira Lobe doesn’t compromise her language in order to be more easily understood. “Childish” affectations are not her thing. She even uses occasional words which presumably are not part of any child’s language such as “hack” [horse], “barge”, “dressage”…
 
My music also doesn’t try to be „childish“. I take young human beings seriously. I speak my own language. I know, these young people are alert enough to understand it.
 
Certain instruments are assigned to express some of the individual motifs of the text:
the flowering meadow is represented by the flute;
the frog by the trumpet – in the beginning with damper, at the end without;
mother horse and her child by baritone and tenor saxophone,
the fish by the harp,
the hippo mother by the bass tuba, her child by the cornet,
the parrot by the bass clarinet,
the dogs by English horn, clarinet and trombone,
and the large soap-bubble by the contraforte resp. double bassoon
 
At the point where the little I AM ME recognises itself, the orchestra sounds an overtone harmony for the first time – and this chord, at varying pitch levels, remains to the very end.

A few years ago my third marriage broke up. Since then, my daughter Sarah no longer lives with me. I only see her very occasionally.
When she was a kid, Little I-Am-Me was her favourite book. I had to read it to her hundreds of times.

I dedicate this work to her. (Georg Friedrich Haas, 2016)

Lustvoll ahmt das Ensemble den lautmalerischen Effekt nach – und es ist nicht irgendein Ensemble, sondern das beste; das Klangforum Wien unter dem Dirigenten Bas Wiegers, der das Stück wie alle Beteiligten gleich ernst nimmt wie jede Produktion für Erwachsene.
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First performance: July 22, 2016, Mozarteum Salzburg
First performance of the scenic version: October 30, 2016, Dschungel Wien, Wien Modern

30 October 2016
10.30 a.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME]

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

30 October 2016
2 p.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME] (Farsi)

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Massud Rahnama, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

30 October 2016
4.30 p.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME] UA der szenischen Fassung

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH first performance of the scenic presentation

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

31 October 2016
10.30 a.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME]

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

31 October 2016
2 p.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME]

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

31 October 2016
16.30 a.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME]

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

 

1 November 2016
10.30 a.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME]

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

1 November 2016
2 p.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien netzzeit/ Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME] (Arabic)

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Elsayed Kandil, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

1 November 2016
4.30 p.m.
Wien, Dschungel Wien Wien Modern das kleine ICH BIN ICH [the little I AM ME]

With this new piece by Georg Friedrich Haas a long lasting wish has come true for the New York based Austrian composer: for his youngest daughter he transforms the little I AM ME, a well known children's novel by Mira Lobe, into a music theater piece for young audience. The figures in this story of search for identity are represented by different instruments.

Georg Friedrich Haas — das kleine ICH BIN ICH

Peter Gruber, narrator
The Little I am Me: Franziska Adensamer
puppeteer: Angelo Konzett

director: Michael Scheidl
set design and visuals: Nora Scheidl
conductor: Bas Wiegers

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