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for double bass solo and string orchestra with accordion
double bass and string orchestra
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In 1971, I was flying over Anchorage in Alaska when I saw an incredible light effect through the aeroplane window: it was the aurora borealis. I have never ever seen anything so powerful or such a blaze of colour in motion. It was not only beautiful, but also extremely powerful, almost threatening and simply monumental. In my composition Aurora, I have attempted to reproduce my own impressions of this moment when I felt myself as an element of this cosmos.

Aurora is my first piece for solo double bass. Up until now, I have always used the lower registers of this instrument and was astounded that the double bass could also soar up into the highest ranges, sounding as powerful and colourful as the aurora borealis itself. Accompanying the solo double bass is a small string orchestra and an accordion, as well as two additional orchestral double basses, which are are placed in the concert hall to form a triangle with the soloist. Peter Eötvös

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for double bass solo and string orchestra with accordion
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
19 ′
World Premiere:
December 8, 2019 · Berlin (D)
Matthew McDonald, Kontrabass · Conductor: Peter Eötvös · Stipendiaten der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Commissioned work :
Jointly co-commissioned by Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Tongyeong International Music Festival

Technical Details

Product number:
LS 6013-01
29.7cm x 42cm


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  • Aurora
    Conductor: Heinz Holliger
    Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
    March 22, 2023 | Genève (Switzerland) , Victoria Hall — National Premiere
  • Aurora
    Orchestra: Óbudai Danubia Zenekar
    October 14, 2021 | Budapest (Hungary) , BMC — National Premiere
  • Aurora
    Conductor: Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra: Stipendiaten der Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
    December 8, 2019 | Berlin (Germany) , Kammermusiksaal — World Premiere
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