Universal Edition - Johannes Maria Staud – Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden

Johannes Maria Staud

Johannes Maria Staud
Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden

Year of composition: 2003
Scored for: for soprano, small ensemble and tape
Composer: Johannes Maria Staud
Text Author: Durs Grünbein
Original Language: Deutsch
Soloists: soprano
Instrumentation: 0 0 1 0 - 0 1 1 0 - perc(2), pno, vla(1), vc(2), cb(1), tape
Instrumentation details:
clarinet in Bb
trumpet in C
1st percussion
2nd percussion
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
Duration: 12′
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Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden

World Première

Location: Witten / Germany
Date: 10.05.2003
Orchestra: Klangforum Wien
Conductor: Emilio Pomàrico
Main Soloists: Petra Hoffmann, S

Work Introduction

Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden (Song of Vanishing) is the 'aria' of a woman of unearthly beauty. She suffers from consumption which causes her to die, slowly but unstoppably.

The piece is a study for the full-length music theatre work after Edgar Allan Poe I am writing for the Munich Biennale (world premiere in May  2004). It is my first composition which integrates electronically generated sound with vocal-instrumental material.

Rather than fully embedding the tape in the texture of the ensemble and the soprano, I have endeavoured to make the two layers mutually enrich each other. I did not set out to demonstrate their incompatibility - on the contrary: they are meant to make a joint attempt at approximating a sound image (including spatialisation) which became more and more concrete during composition. This image could not have been realised  exclusively through vocal and instrumental means.

Johannes Maria Staud

study score - Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden

Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden
  • for soprano, small ensemble and tape
  • Edition type: study score

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