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Hear and Now: Pintscher conducts Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 January 2016 (comments: 1)

My compositions use these sliding tones to create structures, „drawing“ geometrical systems of lines and curves which are slowly channelled into various intervallic relationships, creating a system of tension and release.

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Delta – Music for Orchestra IV uses the actual shape of the sign ∆ as the formal structure of the composition. Slow upwardly gliding lines are positioned over the tone “D” spinning a long web of harmonies and overtones driving towards a “D” unison. The expectations are, however, interrupted by a catharsis.

A sketch of Delta

Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition

Tomorrow, 9 January, the UK première of Jay Schwartz’ Delta – Music for Orchestra IV will be performed at the City Halls in Glasgow. Matthias Pintscher conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

View the full score

Listen to the music of Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 June 2015

Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch

We’ve prepared a short playlist of the music of Jay Schwartz for you – the composer will be celebrating his 50th birthday on 26 June.

Find out more about Jay Schwartz.

Music for Orchestra III by Schwartz in Vancouver

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 16 April 2015

Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition

There is something about using a form that is based on metamorphosis that could be considered slightly manipulating – manipulating the audience to come with the composer in a certain direction. Although manipulation can be understood as negative in many contexts. Perhaps manipulation in this context could be understood as narrating or luring, so that a conscious voice exists and not merely a collection of coincidences or random events.

The Canadian première of Jay Schwartz’ Music for Orchestra III will be performed on 18 April at the Orpheum Annex in Vancouver.

The full programme is available on the website of Vancouver New Music.

Find an interview with the composer titled “Metamorphosis of sound” in our digital magazine MusikSalon:

Metamorphosis of sound

From silence to sound: Schwartz at the ensemble intercontemporain

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 December 2014

Paul Fitzsimon, ensemble intercontemporain (c) Franck Ferville

Jay Schwartz’ Music for Chamber Ensemble will be performed this Saturday, 6 December, at the Amphithéâtre of the Cité de la musique. Here are Franck Ferville’s snapshots of conductor Paul Fitzsimon and the ensemble intercontemporain from the rehearsals.

Schwartz’ compositions employ aspects of the physics of sound and utilize tonality in the context of the physics of organic harmony, making use of the overtone spectrum, microtonality, and glissandi in a poetic context with a captivating sensuous drawing power and an unabashed emotional disposition.

View Jay Schwartz composer profile on the website of the ensemble intercontemporain.

The composer on Music for Chamber Ensemble:

Music for Chamber Ensemble is a geometry of lines and curves and intersections following the musical laws of horizonal time and vertical intervals, and the architectural laws of structure and proportion.

Paul Fitzsimon, Jay Schwartz, ensemble intercontemporain (c) Franck Ferville

In the structure of Music for Chamber Ensemble, lines originating from diametrically opposed points follow a course whose metamorphosis leads to a catharsis.  All events point to or take their reference from this catharsis. It is my objective in my work to craft the architecture of a piece into a single scope of time. My guidelines are principles of architectural harmony, as well as the employment of empirical and intuitive methods of experimenting with time and musical memory, which yield results that correspond often astonishingly to principles of proportion millenia old.

Read the full work introduction.

Happy Birthday Jay Schwartz!

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 June 2014

We wish you all the best!

Find out more about the music of Jay Schwartz in our in-depth interview with the composer:

On metamorphoses in composition.
On audience manipulation.
On the language of a composition.
On compositional techniques and instinctual hearing.

Music for 12 Cellos in New York

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 06 June 2014

Jay Schwartz with Bálint Varga and Sir Harrison Birtwistle (c) Marion KalterJay Schwartz’ Music for 12 Cellos will be performed this Sunday by Music from Salem at Hubbard Hall.

The composer about the work:

This composition expounds on the spatial aspects of an ensemble of 12 cellists seated in a wide circle. A performance of this piece requires a spatial situation in which the cellists can be positioned in 12 equidistant positions around the audience. A three-dimensional sound experience and the illusion of travelling sound is achieved by this ensemble constellation, a sound metamorphosis which unfolds concretely around the audience.

In a concert of US premières Jay Schwartz’s M for baritone and ensemble has recently been performed at the Ny Phil Biennial. Matthias Pintscher conducted musicians of the New York Philharmonic, listen to the program on wfmt.

Jay Schwartz: Music for 12 Cellos
for 12 violoncellos | 20'
08.06.2014, Hubbard Hall; Music from Salem

Raschèr Quartet performs Lament

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 26 May 2014

Raschèr Saxophone Quartet (c) Felix Broede
When I am laid in earth may my wrongs create
No trouble in thy breast,
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

Jay Schwartz’ Lament for solo voice and saxophone quartet will be performed on 28 May by mezzosoprano Christina Bock and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet at the Bayerische Musikakademie Marktoberdorf.

The composition is based on Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, the lyrics are taken directly from Nahum Tate’s libretto after Vergil’s Aeneis.

View the full study score.

Jay Schwartz on Lament.

Jay Schwartz: Lament
for solo voice and saxophone quartet | 12'
28.05.2014, Marktoberdorf, Bayerische Musikakademie; Christina Bock, ms; Raschèr Saxophone Quartet

Jay Schwartz on the Radio

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 January 2014

Here is an excerpt from a (German) interview with Jay Schwartz. The interview was conducted last December by Bernd Künzig for SWR2.

SWR2 will broadcast a recording of the composer’s upcoming Delta – Music for Orchestra IV on 8 February at 8pm, three hours after the its world première. Listen live.

Jay Schwartz: Delta at the Eclat festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 21 January 2014

Here is a high resolution sketch of Jay Schwartz’ Delta – Music for Orchestra IV. The piece will be premièred at the Eclat festival on 8 February. Johannes Kalitzke conducts the RSO Stuttgart.


SWR2 broadcasts the concert on 8 February at 8pm, three hours after the performance. Listen live.

View the full study score.

Jay Schwartz: Delta – Music for Orchestra IV
for orchestra | 25'
4 4 4 4 - 6 4 4 1 - Kontrabass (5-stringed), perc(3), vln.I, vln.II, vla, vc
world prem. 08.02.2014, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart; RSO Stuttgart, cond. Johannes Kalitzke

Ö1: Schwartz and Staud at the Salzburg Festival

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 28 October 2013

Johannes Maria Staud, Jay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition; Salzburg Festival (c) Salzburg Festival

Zeit-Ton broadcasts the second part of the Salzburg Festival’s Beyond Recall project today, for which twelve composers were commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project. These compositions were premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble.

Today’s broadcast starts at 23:03 CET/CEST and will include recordings of Johannes Maria Staud’s Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz’ M.

Ö1Listen live to Zeit-Ton on Ö1.

Ö1 broadcasts Beyond Recall

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 27 August 2013

Beyond Recall (c) Universal Edition, Sarah Laila StandkeTonight, 27/8/2013, 23:03 (CET/CEST), Ö1 broadcasts a Zeit-Ton special on the Salzburg Festival’s Beyond Recall, for which twelve composers were commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project.

 

Among them were Vykintas Baltakas with Eselsbrücke, Johannes Maria Staud with Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz with M.

Listen live.

You can find a (German) review of the evening on the Salzburger Nachrichten.

World premières of Staud, Schwartz and Baltakas in Salzburg

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 22 August 2013

Staud, Schwartz, Baltakas (c) Universal Edition and Marion KalterTwelve composers have been commissioned to write compositions for twelve works of art that were created in the frame of the Salzburg Art Project. The compositions will be premièred on 24 August by the Scharoun Ensemble. Among the composers are Vykintas Baltakas with Eselsbrücke, Johannes Maria Staud with Caldera (für Tony Cragg) and Jay Schwartz with M.

Vykintas Baltakas: Eselsbrücke
for ensemble | 10’
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

Beyond Recall (c) Universal Edition, Johannes Feigl

Beyond Recall by Brigitte Kowanz

Jay Schwartz: M
for baritone and ensemble | 12’
1 1 1 1 - 1 1 1 0 - perc, pno, str
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Matthias Goerne, bar; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

Johannes Maria Staud: Caldera (für Tony Cragg)
for soprano, clarinet and piano (with active page-turner)
world prem. 24/8/2013, Mozarteum; Mojca Erdmann, s; Scharoun Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, cond. Matthias Pintscher

Beyond Recall at the Salzburg Festival.

Listen to Zwielicht by Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 25 July 2013

Jay Schwartz (c) Eric Marinitsch, Universal Edition

View the full study score of Zwielicht

We just received a recording from the world première of the Cologne version of Jay Schwartz’s Zwielicht.

The first performance of the work – which concerns itself with the phenomena of the transformation between different times, but also between life and the afterlife and the boundaries between light and darkness – took place earlier this month, on 11 July in Cologne, with the composer conducting the Kölner Vokalsolisten. Enjoy!

UE newsletter: Jay Schwartz

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 08 July 2013

Jay Schwartz NewsletterOur latest newsletter, focusing on Jay Schwartz 2 upcoming world premières – watch an interview with the composer, view the full study scores for Zwielicht and M or listen to music by Jay Schwart.

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Jay Schwartz: Music for Orchestra II, composer portrait

Posted by Johannes Feigl on 02 April 2013

Ö1 broadcasts last year’s performance of Music for Orchestra II and a composer portrait of the artist on 2 April, starting at 23:03 (CEST). Listen to a live stream of the show.

Jay Schwartz talks about Music for Orchestra II:

Jay Schwartz: Music for Orchestra IIJay Schwartz (c) Universal Edition
Composer portrait
Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, cond. Brad Lubman
Tuesday, 2 April, 23:03 | Ö1
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