© Rebecca Saunders
© Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders — New Work

First thoughts and sounds:

a dream instrumentation, initially divided into three groups - wind/brass (bcl, Hn, tpt, tbn), strings (1,1,1,1) and percussion/resonance (2 perc., 2 pnos, accordion, e-guit.).

Particularly inspiring and fascinating is the sonic potential of the third group, exploring the binary right/left play of timbral fragments and bodies of sound thrown back and forwards between the two pianos, two percussion and accordion and e-guitar.

This primary stage explores extreme contrasts of all parameters, setting up distinct timbral palettes for each group.

It is impossible to name or say at this stage, but central primary thoughts follow two threads:


1.
Two. Nor. Neither.
Neither one, no one of the two, none, not any one, no thing.
And not. Not yet.
Absence of, absence of relation.
Irrelation - without reference, without regard to.
In the abstract; a se.
Neither here nor there.
Neither nor, signifying nothing.
Without, nowhere, nowther.
In silence, vacuous. Void.
Oasis, Pariah. Non est inventus.
Except unless save barring beside without.
Absent, equal, true.
And naught beside. Unified.

2.
Rupture.
Of sound and fury.
"the unshakeable infinity of remorse
delving deeper in it´s bite.
having to hear having to say
the faintest murmur so many lies
so many times lyingly denied.
the screaming silence
No´s knife in yes´s wound one day.
where there are no days.
no place the impossible voice
the unmakable
the gleam of light
the silent empty void
dark as now..." (from 13th Text for Nothing, S. Beckett)
—Rebecca Saunders, 2018

 in Werke
10 May 2019
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal AugenSchein Gruppenbild EA EA

Klangforum concludes its auditory view to the present with a cross-generational group portrait.

Friedrich Cerha — Kurzzeit
Rebecca Saunders — New work*
Austrian premiere
Ying Wang — Schmutz
Austrian premiere
Georges Aperghis — Contretemp


Donatienne Michel-Dansac, soprano
conductor: Julien Leroy


*Commissioned by Festival Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln with financial support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & individual contributors to their 'Sound Investment Scheme', Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Casa da Música Porto & Festival d'Automne à Paris.


Before the concert:
In the Ears of the Others or: how musicians listen to this, 6.30 p.m.

Subscription Series 2018/19
Appearances

2 May 2019
8 p.m.
Cologne, Trinitatiskirche Acht Brücken Festival Teeter-Totter UA UA UA

Rebecca Saunders combines sound and fury. And the Chinese composer Ying Wang, who spent part of her studies as Saunders’ student, gives no reason to expect pleasantries in her new composition. “Noise in our ears, poison in our food, stench in the air, fear in our thoughts…. My music speaks of all this torture.” And Georges Aperghis might add: “It is always about sparking an emotion, … making a structure tremble.” Thus, Seesaw and Teeter-Totter are not about children’s playgrounds and enjoyment, as the titles would suggest – rather, the orchestra is whipped into dramatic controversies. Much hangs in the balance during this concert by Klangforum Wien. (Acht Brücken Festival)

Georges Aperghis — SEESAW
      — Teeter-totter

Rebecca Saunders — New Work* world premiere
Georg Friedrich Haas — equinox world premiere
Ying Wang — Schmutz world premiere

Sophie Schafleitner, violin
conductor: Julien Leroy

The composers on their new works:
Rebecca Saunders — New Work
Ying Wang — Schmutz


*Commissioned by Festival Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln with financial support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group & individual contributors to their 'Sound Investment Scheme', Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Casa da Música Porto & Festival d'Automne à Paris.

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