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Grubinger plays Cerha

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 June 2017

Martin Grubinger (c) Felix Broede

While I was writing it I had not yet heard Grubinger play […] Yet today I read that I had written the piece as if tailor-made for him and – although he described it as the most difficult thing he had ever played – he made it his own so brilliantly that the description seemed to fit. (Friedrich Cerha)

Tonight virtuoso percussionist Martin Grubinger presents the Monegasque première of Friedrich Cerha’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra at the Auditorium Rainer III. Kazuki Yamada conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.

View the full score of the first movement

Bologna Modern

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 13 October 2016

Bologna Modern

Bologna Modern runs from 14 to 23 October at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Universal Edition is strongly represented, with performances by Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Rihm, Friedrich Cerha and Alban Berg.

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UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 August 2016

UE newsletter: Pintscher celebrates Boulez; Cerha in Salzburg

Our latest newsletter is out now:

- Friedrich Cerha at the Salzburg Festival

- A Pierre Boulez celebration at the Edinburgh International Festival

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Friedrich Cerha at 90

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 February 2016

Friedrich Cerha (c) Peter Philipp

Friedrich Cerha, the doyen of Austrian composers, celebrates his 90th birthday today, on 17 February.

As a composer, conductor, ensemble founder, teacher and supporter, Friedrich Cerha embodies a pioneering spirit and has opened doors and brought the unknown into local concert halls. His friends and companions congratulate him on his birthday with very personal statements.

Read the birthday wishes

Friedrich Cerha meets the Boulanger Trio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 January 2016

Boulanger Trio (c) Boulanger Trio

On 27 January the Boulanger Trio presents a concert with music by Mozart, Berg and Cerha at the Musikverein Vienna. Friedrich Cerha will be guest of honour.

The concert will be accompanied by a conversation with the composer, who celebrates his 90th birthday this February.

View the full programme

Friedrich Cerha Day at Wigmore Hall

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 09 October 2015

Friedrich Cerha; Boulanger Trio (c) Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin, March 2013

London’s Wigmore Hall celebrates the imminent ninetieth birthday of Friedrich Cerha with a day devoted to the composer’s works.

On 10 October Friedrich Cerha Day presents a major retrospective of the composer’s chamber works performed by close colleagues and musicians steeped in his multi-faceted art. Among the performers will be the Boulanger Trio, who you can see together with the composer pictured above.

More info is available on Wigmore Hall’s website

B-A-Cer-Ha: organ music by Cerha and Bach

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 April 2015

Wolfgang Kogert (c) Amelie Schillhuber

For me, the organ music by Friedrich Cerha and Johann Sebastian Bach is congenial. They are characterized by timeless features such as clarity, vitality, thinking in counterpoint, the economy of the compositional means and a pronounced sense of proportions. (Wolfgang Kogert)

B-A-Cer-Ha: organ music by Cerha and BachOn 18 April Wolfgang Kogert, organist of the Wiener Hofburgkapelle, presents his brand new recording “B-A-Cer-Ha” at the RadioKulturhaus in Vienna.

On the CD, Kogert juxtaposes Cerha’s Neun Inventionen and Neun Präludien with pieces by Bach.

A live stream of the evening from the RadioKulturhaus will be available on 18 April at 19:30. Listen live.

60 miniatures from the straw case

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 December 2014

Studio Dan & Agnes Heginger; Friedrich Cerha: Eine Art ChansonsTogether with HK Gruber, Hans Kann, H. C. Artmann, Gerhard Rühm, Fritz Wotruba and many others, Friedrich Cerha was a frequent guest at the Viennese Strohkoffer [straw case]. In 1987, he finished the 60 miniatures of Eine Art Chansons, most of which are based on texts by members of the Viennese Group.

Agnes Heginger and Studio Dan will present a selection of Friedrich Cerha’s Eine Art Chansons at the Sargfabrik in Vienna on 14 December. After having been encouraged by the composer to record the pieces, this will be a preview of their upcoming CD.

World premiére of Cerha’s Nacht in Donaueschingen

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 October 2014

Friedrich Cerha (c) Frank Helmrich

The world première of Friedrich Cerha’s orchestral piece Nacht will open the Donaueschinger Musiktage tonight together with premières by Hans Zender, Manos Tsangaris and Hanspeter Kyburz.

SWR2The concert starts at 20:00 and will be broadcast by SWR2, listen live.

Cerha on Nacht:

“Composers are expected to operate as men of literature. They are supposed to write introductions to their works, author essays, give lectures. That means there are then musical elements in the foreground which are well presentable using linguistic means, or else – which is more often the case – ideologically and fashionably coloured aspects which are not necessarily crucially germane to the work concerned. Therefore scepticism could indeed be appropriate when considering what composers write; in reality, they are considered an authority in an area in which they are in fact dilettantes.”

Read the composer’s full work introduction.

Friedrich Cerha: Nacht
für Orchester | 20'
17.10.2014, Donaueschingen; SWR-SO Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Dir. Emilio Pomàrico

Cerha and Beethoven at the Proms

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 15 September 2014

Listen to the Proms première of Friedrich Cerha’s Paraphrase on the Opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, which was performed together with Beethoven’s Ninth at the Prom 75 by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (cond. Alan Gilbert).

In the programme, Gilbert introduces the Paraphrase as “highly atmospheric […] [It] sets up kind of a wonderful stepping-stone from which you can enter the world of Beethoven 9. To me it sort of opens the world of possibility […] it lets the Beethoven really stand on its own.”

The composer on Paraphrase: “I hope very much that the gap between my Paraphrase and Beethoven’s work will not be perceived as an irreconcilable divide between two foreign elements, but that the pieces can instead be experienced as two related elements.”

View the full score of Cerha’s Paraphrase on Universal Edition.

micatonal: portraits of Haas, Cerha and Furrer

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 04 July 2014

micatonal, music austria’s new webradio for contemporary music from Austria, will be broadcasting portraits on Friedrich Cerha, Beat Furrer and Georg Friedrich Haas within the next days. 

Tune in at the following times to listen to portraits on:

Friedrich Cerha: 5. July, 18:00
Beat Furrer: 8. July, 19:00
Georg Friedrich Haas: 11. July, 19:00

View the full programme on micatonal.

Happy 88th birthday Friedrich Cerha

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 17 February 2014

Friedrich Cerha (c) Peter Philipp

I have always been a curious person, and have always reflected on my own work. When a composition was finished, I wanted to find out exactly what had happened in it.
This made me open to new influences. (Friedrich Cerha)

Happy 88th Birthday Friedrich Cerha.

Cerha talks about his music:
German interview with English subtitles.

Watch a recording of Cerha’s Tagebuch

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 12 February 2014

Watch arte’s and the hr-Sinfonieorchester’s video stream of the orchestra’s concert on 7 February 2014 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt:

On the programme were the world première of Friedrich Cerha’s Tagebuch and performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, Prokofiev’s First Violin Concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. The concert was performed by Arabella Steinbacher and the hr-Sinfonieorchester (cond. Andrés Orozco-Estrada).

Find out more at arte and on the website of the hr-Sinfonieorchester.

Rihm, Cerha and Welser-Möst at the Konzerthaus

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 November 2013

Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Welser-Möst, Friedrich Cerha (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler Wolfgang Rihm, Friedrich Cerha (c) Universal Edition, Wolfgang Schaufler

Wolfgang Rihm, Franz Welser-Möst and Friedrich Cerha after the performance of Cerha’s Étoile, performed by Martin Grubinger and The Percussive Planet on 21 November at the Konzerthaus, Vienna.

View the full score of Étoile or watch a video interview in which Friedrich Cerha talks about his music.

The winners of the Coups de Coeur Musique Contemporaine

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 29 October 2013

Coup de Coeur 2013Congratulations!

The winning recordings of this year’s Coups de Coeur Musique Contemporaine of the Académie Charles Cros have been announced.

Among them: Friedrich Cerha’s Schlagzeugkonzert; Impulse für Orchester on Kairos, Harrison Birtwistle’s Complete String Quartets on AEON, and Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra on the ECM New Series.

Read a review of Birtwsitle’s Complete String Quartets on The Guardian.