© Friedrich Cerha
© Friedrich Cerha

Friedrich Cerha — Kurzzeit

In recent years, I have created a number of works in which certain structural constellations are emphasized in particular, whereas others are missing completely. In a sense these pieces are like studies; however they are no compositional finger exercises. Owing to the formal architecture and the narrative mode of what occurs, the work character remains immanent. Kurzzeit, a piece for ensemble, is one of them.

This work is without melodics or themes. As if out of nowhere, a multi-coloured, polyrhythmic web is created by the superposition of rapid sound-repetitions in the individual parts. Occasionally, in the first and third part of the piece, where this web is less densely woven, it becomes recognisable as such; in places of greater density, this results in some rather summary impressions – for instance in the second part, which starts with a marked pulsation in ff, and where, from a polymetric concentration, again a pulsation gradually emerges. Elements from the first part are outlined in the last in retrograde.
—Friedrich Cerha, 2018

 in Werke
21 November 2018
7.30 p.m.
Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal Wien Modern Erste Bank Kompositionspreis UA EA

Composer, singer, bundle of energy and one-off phenomenon – Agata Zubel, winner of this year’s Erste Bank Composition Prize 2018, will perform live on stage. Inspired by Shakespeare, her hard-hitting mono-drama "Cleopatra’s Songs" is about one of history’s strongest women. The Klangforum Wien will also give the first performance in Vienna of Friedrich Cerha’s most recent work for ensemble,"Kurzzeit". The evening will begin with a major world premiere, Wolfram Schurig’s "fünf ostinati das vaterland zu besingen" based on poems by Daniela Danz, in which the writer examines what holds Europe together. (wien modern)

Agata Zubel — Cleopatra's Songs Austrian premiere
Friedrich Cerha — Kurzzeit
Wolfram Schurig — fünf ostinati
World premiere

Agata Zubel, Soprano
conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

The composer Wolfram Schurig on his new composition:
Wolfram Schurig — fünf ostinati

5 October 2018
9.00 p.m.
Graz, Helmut List Halle Musikprotokoll Kurzzeit UA UA

Klangforum Wien invites you to a musical journey with Houses, the world premiere of young American composer Jeff Weston. The subsequent piece for electric guitar and accordion comes from the composer Chaya Czernowin. This is followed by a solo piece for viola, a composition by Fred Frith, which will be premiered in Austria by Klangforum violist Dimitrios Polisoidis. Friedrich Cerha is represented in the 51st edition of the festival with his new work Kurzzeit. (musikprotokoll)

Chaya Czernowin — Knights of the strange
Fred Frith — Woulda, coulda, shoulda
Jeff Weston — houses
World Premiere
Friedrich Cerha — Kurzzeit
World Premiere

Dimitrios Polisoidis, viola
Yaron Deutsch, electric guitar
Krassimir Sterev, accordion

conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

The composers on their new pieces:
Jeff Weston — houses
Friedrich Cerha — Kurzzeit


Artist Talk/Keynote: Chaya Czernowin
1 p.m., Palais Meran, Florentinersaal, Graz

Jeff Weston's composition is commissioned by the Ernst Krenek Institute in cooperation with impuls. International Ensemble and Composers Academy.

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