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The 25th Kurt Weill Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 07 März 2017

Kurt Weill Fest

In its 25th year, the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau celebrates Kurt Weill with almost 60 events on 17 days.

ZDF did a feature on the festival on their evening news programme, which you can watch here:

The Kurt Weill Festival on ZDF

Zoltán Kodály: “A patriot, not a nationalist”

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 März 2017

Photo: Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

“We can establish our knowledge about the world, and through the light of other musical languages we can understand ours better as well. … The world becomes more and more open, and the art limited to one nation loses its sense as time passes. We are closer to the realisation of world music than to the world literature imagined by Goethe.” (Zoltán Kodály)

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Zoltán Kodály. In the article A patriot, not a nationalist, Mihály Ittzés writes about the composer’s aim “to make his nation’s voice audible” and to be a “teacher of Hungary”.

Read the full article on the Universal Edition MusikSalon

Katya Kabanova in Seattle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 01 März 2017

Leoš Janáček’s Katya Kabanova is currently running at the McCaw Hall in Seattle. Oliver von Dohnányi conducts Patrick Nolan’s Seattle Opera production.

Watch the trailer:

Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (27.2.1919 – 3.3.1994)

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 Februar 2017

Photo (c) Charlotte Till-Borchardt, edited by Johannes Feigl/Universal Edition

Today is the 98th anniversary of the birth of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (27.2.1919 – 3.3.1994) – here he is with one of his famous graphical scores, Multiple 1 for 2 string instruments.

Find out more about Roman Haubenstock-Ramati

The Greek Passion in Olomouc

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 24 Februar 2017

Bohuslav Martinů: The Greek Passion (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

Bohuslav Martinů: The Greek Passion (c) Moravské divadlo OlomoucBohuslav Martinů’s opera The Greek Passion (Zurich version 1957/1959) can be seen today and tomorrow in a new productions at the Moravské divadlo Olomouc:

Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Die griechische Passion is based on the novel Der wieder gekreuzigte Christus [The re-crucified Christ] by Nikos Kazantzakis. The opera develops the Christian doctrine of “love thy neighbour” ad absurdum, as a group of refugees are driven out of their little Greek village just as the village is putting on a Passion play for Holy Week. The piece is centred on the general question of humanity. The Passion story is robbed of its uniqueness and revealed as a simple precedent for eternal tragedy.

View the study score of act 1 and 2

Arvo Pärt awarded the Cultural Merit Order of Romania

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 23 Februar 2017

Arvo Pärt (c) Arvo Pärt CenterOn 20 February Arvo Pärt was awarded the Cultural Merit Order of Romania (Meritul Cultural). The order was awarded by President of Romania Klaus Iohannis in recognition of the dedication, talent and innovativeness of the composer throughout his creative journey, as well as his open and receptive attitude to the cultural merits of Romania.

Find out more on the website of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

UE newsletter: Rihm, Janáček and Staud

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 20 Februar 2017

UE newsletter: Rihm, Janáček and Staud

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- Nicolas Hodges presents the UK première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Piano Concerto No 2 at the Barbican Hall

- The definitive form of Janáček’s Sinfonietta premièred in Prague

- Johannes Maria Staud’s opera Die Antilope receives its German première at the Cologne Opera

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Le vin herbé on tour

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 Februar 2017

Frank Martin (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

“Unlike Wagner’s maximalist, ultra Romantic and overtly theatrical operation, the trance-like, mesmeric effect of Martin’s music, is, like the love potion, a rare kind of intoxication, which leads us towards the mythical.” (Polly Graham, The Guardian, 2917-02-16)

Polly Graham blogs about Frank Martin’s Le Vin herbé – “the magic potion”. Graham is the director of the Welsh National Opera’s recent production of the secular oratorio. The production premièred on 15 February at the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff before it will go on tour in March and April.

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Victoria Borisova-Ollas awarded Sweden’s oldest music prize

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 14 Februar 2017

Victoria Borisova-Ollas (c) Expressen,  Ellinor Collin

Swedish tabloid Expressen gave out its annual Spelmannen culture award – Sweden’s oldest music prize – to Victoria Borisova-Ollas: congratulations!

The award ceremony took place at Nalen in Stockholm on 13 February.

Read a [Swedish] interview with the composer

Happy 9th of February

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 Februar 2017

Rihm (c) Universal Edition, Marinitsch

25 years ago today, on 9 February 1992, Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Die Eroberung von Mexico was first heard at the Hamburg State Opera – Ingo Metzmacher conducted.

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On the same day in 1992, Arvo Pärt’s And One of the Pharisees ... was given its world première by Paul Hillier and the Theatre of Voices.

In 1949, the orchestral suite of Gottfried von Einem’s Dantons Tod was premièred in Baden Baden by the Radio Orchestra.

… and on this day in 1945, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke was performed for the very first time in Basel by the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Paul Sacher.

And Happy Birthday Alban Berg! He was born on 9 February 1885, 132 years ago today.

The International Musikfest focuses on Boulez

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 03 Februar 2017

Pierre Boulez (c) Peter Fischli, Lucerne Festival

The 38th International Musikfest at the Wiener Konzerthaus focuses on the oeuvre of Pierre Boulez – in 14 concerts all of his compositions will be performed.

Find out more on the website of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Zemlinsky’s A Florentine Tragedy premièred 100 years ago

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 30 Januar 2017

Alexander Zemlinsky (c) Universal Edition; Johannes Feigl

“Everything comes to me without effort, technically it all comes very easily & in the end I feel I’ve produced something worthwhile.” writes Alexander Zemlinsky in a letter to Arnold Schönberg on A Florentine Tragedy.

Exactly one hundred years ago, Zemlinsky’s gripping one-act opera was premièred at the Stuttgart State Theatre by Max von Schillings

In 2015 Roland Freisitzer arranged a chamber version of the opera. This chamber version makes do with just 20 instruments (optionally with string sections).

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Fennessy’s Panopticon shortlisted for Scottish Awards for New Music

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Januar 2017

David Fennessy

Panopticon continues a line of enquiry present in pieces of mine beginning with graft (1999) for string quartet through to Hauptstimme (2013) for solo viola and ensemble, and Hirta Rounds (2015) for sixteen unconducted strings – namely the role of the individual within a larger, group setting and particularly, the functions of leaders and followers. (David Fennessy)

The shortlist for the first Scottish Awards for New Music has been announced! Congratulations to David Fennessy whose work Panopticon for string sextet and cimbalom has been nominated for the Dorico Award for Small/medium Scale Work.

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Boulez in the jungle

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Januar 2017

Pierre Boulez (c) UEDistracted from his composing and iconoclasm by the necessity of earning some money, a young Pierre Boulez found work with a Parisian theatre company. Three trips he made with them to South America changed him and his music forever. (Robert Worby, The Guardian, 26 January 2017)

Listen to “Boulez and his Rumble in the Jungle”, a programme by Robert Worby, on BBC Radio 3 on 29 January at 19:45 CET.

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The programme will be available on iPlayer for 30 days.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard receives the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2017

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 Januar 2017

Congratulations to Pierre-Laurent Aimard for being awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize 2017!

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In January 2015, we talked to Aimard about Pierre Boulez – you can watch the whole interview below: