Universal Edition - Friedrich Cerha – 9 Bagatellen

Friedrich Cerha

Friedrich Cerha
9 Bagatellen

Year of composition: 2008
Scored for: for string trio
Composer: Friedrich Cerha
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Duration: 15′
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9 Bagatellen

World Première

Location: Graz / Austria
Date: 27.06.2010
Orchestra: Zebra-Trio
Remarks: venue: Schloss Eggenberg

Work Introduction

Cerha always writes insightful introductory texts to his compositions; in his remarks on the 9 Bagatellen, he talks about the allure of musical thinking for three strings: “It stimulates the approach to three equal individuals and, even more than the string quartet, obliges the composer to consider togetherness and separateness of the polyphonic, coherent events; there is far less room for a hierarchy of the parts.”

It is fascinating for the listener to attend the composer’s mastery as he creates nine short movements of differing character where fervent melody and deeply felt melancholy have a very important place; even in the several, virtuosic fast movements there is a short, lyrical section. The seventh movement could and should become a popular encore – birds twitter and peep enchantingly, as if in a fairy-tale forest.

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9 Bagatellen

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