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SCHILLER: energische Schönheit

für 8 Stimmen (SSMezATTBarB), 8 Bläser, 2 Schlagzeuger und Akkordeon
Texte aus Friedrich Schiller: Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen
8 voices (SSMezATTBarB), 8 wind instruments, 2 percussionists and accordion
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One day, I picked up Schiller’s Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man and these two sentences formed the creative impulse: ‘Live with your century, but do not be its creature; render to your contemporaries what they need, not what they praise.’ A further passage also caught my attention: ‘No doubt the artist is a child of his time, but woe to him if he is also its disciple or even its favourite.’ These two sentences were the reason for creating this work […].
During the compositional process, I imagined a situation in which speakers stood on podiums to ‘instruct’ their audiences. I combined eight pairs, each consisting of one voice and one wind instrument which together perform the text. The two percussionists supervise the cohesion of the musicians and act as signallers rather than providers of rhythm. The accordion takes on the function of creating a tonal space and its sound is amplified and distributed via loudspeakers. The style is almost austere and dispenses with any form of romanticism. There is no rubato and no digression. It is almost like march music but in threefour time. Peter Eötvös

Orchestral Cast

1 (auch Picc., Altfl., Bassfl.) · 1 (auch Engl. Hr.) · 1 (auch Bassklar. u. Kb.-Klar.) · 1 (auch Kfg.) - 1 · 2 (beide auch Flhr.) · 1 (auch Basstrp.) · 0 - S. (Glsp. · Crot. · Xyl. · 2 Bass-Steeldrum · 2 Gongs · 3 hg. Beck. · hg. chin. Beck. · 3 Woodbl. · Holztr. · 2 Log Drums · Guiro · Metall-Guiro · 4 Metallröhren · Stein-Meißel-Hammer · Holz-Metronom · hg. Holzbalken · Caxixi) (2 Spieler) - Akk. [Akk., Log-Drums, Meißel und Holz-Metronom mit Verstärkung]

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SCHILLER: energische Schönheit
für 8 Stimmen (SSMezATTBarB), 8 Bläser, 2 Schlagzeuger und Akkordeon
Texte aus Friedrich Schiller: Über die ästhetische Erziehung des Menschen
Performance material
Schott Music
Year of composition:
17 ′
World Premiere:
May 6, 2011 · Witten (D)
Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2011
Solisten des Ensemble Modern · Schola Heidelberg · Choir director: Walter Nußbaum

Commissioned work :
Auftragswerk des Westdeutschen Rundfunks Köln mit Unterstützung der Freunde des Ensemble Moderns e.V.; Aldeburgh Festival; Musica, Festival international des musiques d’aujourd’hui de Strasbourg; Jacaranda, music at the edge

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LS 5375-01
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    Festival Musica 2011
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    September 28, 2011 | Strasbourg (France) , Salle de la Bourse — National Premiere
  • SCHILLER: energische Schönheit
    Aldeburgh Festival 2011 - Eötvös and London Sinfonietta
    Conductor: Peter Eötvös
    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta
    June 25, 2011 | Snape (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) , Snape Maltings Concert Hall — National Premiere
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    May 9, 2011 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany) , Alte Oper, Mozart Saal
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