Collection Historical Maps, Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek
Collection Historical Maps, Vorarlberger Landesbibliothek

Wolfram Schurig — fünf ostinati

In the five pieces which comprise this cycle, I go in search of my musical home. In this process, the term "ostinato" serves as metaphor for everything that seems to be familiar – my insistence on the kind of inventory in which, with the passage of time, I have made myself at home; but also for the fact of my being a stranger at this place, because its objects claim a right to their own history. However, "ostinato" also explicitly indicates the kind of obsessively repeated musical figures from which the music of these songs unfolds. It could be compared to a wayfarer who does not enter a landscape as if it were a pre-existing scenery, but who creates it as a result of his walking; it disappears the moment he stands still.
—Wolfram Schurig, 2018

 in Werke
21 November 2018
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall 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

With the kind support of SKE / austro mechana.

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