His music “shimmers with iridescent detail”, he “defies accurate categorisation”, his “command of skills is complete”, he “tightens his score with unerring focus”, there is “unfailing originality and distinctiveness of everything David Sawer composes” …
… and he’s 50 years old today.
Congratulations David. We’re proud to have you in the UE catalogue and look forward to all the music you’re going to write.
Read more about David Sawer, listen to excerpts from his works and find background information and reviews of his works.
Feel free to send David your birthday wishes on our Facebook page.
Here's a preview of our forthcoming new composer brochure
Here's the finished composer brochure
We've just reviewed the various outlets for UE information on the internet, and the results are quite impressive. Here they are:
We have 94 promotion documents available on issuu, and our new website has a further 590 documents with sample pages from our publications. You'll find them on the various pages of the website.
Views so far: 194,013
Views so far: 34,800
Our Mahler videos are also on YouTube, but only since March this year, and the resonance there is even stronger.
Views so far: 11,491
We've only been on Facebook since February, but our group of friends is steadily growing.
Post views so far: 121,304
Number of tweets so far: 197
Number of followers: 151
Number of emails sent: 121,783
And last but not least, we mustn't forget the new website itself, now online since March 2010 (so it's sort of still new).
Works online: 9899
Publications online: 11258
Number of audio excerpts: 1801
We have just completed a very major database update on our works and products. You won't be able to see anything specific, but we can assure you that the quality and accuracy of our catalogue information has been improved considerably.
It's great to see the amount of interest in our information, which gives us a strong incentive to keep expanding our online services.
Johannes Maria Staud’s latest work for ensemble, Par ici!, was given its world première by Ensemble intercontemporain this June, conducted by Susanna Mälkki.
The concert will be broadcast at 8pm (Paris time) tonight, Monday 5th, by france musique. Click here to listen. Once again we’re giving you the opportunity of following the full score during the broadcast. Here it is.
Click 'Expand' to show the score in full screen view.
Let us know about your experience reading along to a broadcast.
Forum Gitarre Wien, a week of guitar courses, concerts, lectures and a competition, is taking place in Vienna this week.
See the Forum Gitarre website for the full schedule.
From the web today, part 1
A slide show of a tennis match between Federer and Djokovic complete with Arnold Schönberg’s tennis notation (from the Zurich Tages-Anzeiger, with thanks to @alexrossmusic for the tip).
From the web today, part 2
The Suntory Hall in Tokyo is presenting music by Julian Yu this August. Tomorrow night, his Scintillation 2 for piano, two vibraphones and glockenspiel can be heard, along with Philopentatonia for chamber orchestra.
Yasuaki Itakura conducts the Tokyo Sinfonietta.
How time flies. Here they are: the first 100 posts on the new UE blog. The list gives quite a good impression of the variety of the UE catalogue and the quality of the performances taking place around the world.
Here’s the list from day one
Here’s a video of Aleksey Igudesman’s recent concert in honour of Vadim Repin’s 40th birthday at the Verbier Festival.
Aleksey and his guests perform several works from his UE publications, including
La Cucaracha and Tango sin nombre (from Latin & More - Violin Duets)
Klezmers Freilach (from Klezmer & More - Violin Duets)
Irish Stew in the Morning (from Celtic & More - Violin Duets)
Georg Friedrich Haas’ 70 minute work for 24 instruments, in vain, is one of the most celebrated works in the composer’s catalogue.
It has been a highly praised in the New York Times (Vivienne Schweitzer wrote of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”); it was the central part of an 8-hour ‘symposium’ concert by Klangforum Wien; and has already been performed 31 times since its world première in 2000.
Now, in a kind of pan-Alpine derby, the work is being performed twice in the same evening at two different major festivals (Saturday 13 Aug).
Listen to an excerpt of in vain on this page.
The Lucerne concert is part of a special focus on Haas this year, as part of which his opera Nacht (night is the central theme of the festival this year) can be heard (17 Sept) as well as his string quartets, including the world première of the String Quartet No 7 by the Arditti Quartet (10 Sept), and various ensemble works.
See all forthcoming performances of works by Georg Friedrich Haas in our online calendar.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Symphony No 2 tonight at the BBC Proms with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. They are joined by soloists Miah Persson and Anna Larsson and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.
Listen live on BBC radio 3
Watch Gustavo Dudamel talking about Mahler in this interview with UE.
The Vienna Philharmonic opens its 2011 Salzburg Festival residency tonight with a concert of music by Alban Berg and Gustav Mahler.
Pierre Boulez conducts and is joined by Anna Prohaska, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Larsson and Johan Botha.
The concert will be broadcast on Sunday 7 August at 11am on ORF OE1 Radio.
Watch Pierre Boulez talking to UE about the music of Gustav Mahler
Watch on YouTube