Universal Edition - Johannes Maria Staud – Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen

Johannes Maria Staud

Johannes Maria Staud
Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen

Year of composition: 2014-2015
Scored for: for actor and large ensemble
Composer: Johannes Maria Staud
Text Author: Josef Winkler
Original Language: Deutsch
Instrumentation: 2 1 2 1 - 1 2 1 1 - perc(3), pno(2), vln, vln, 2 2 1
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc
alto fl)
2nd flute (+bass fl)
oboe (+c.a)
clarinet in Bb (+cl(A)
bass clarinet in Bb
bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in Bb
trombone (+alto tbn)
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
1st piano
2nd piano
1st violin
2nd violin
1st viola
2nd viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
double bass (5 string)
Commissioned by: Auftragswerk des steirischen herbst. Commissioned by steirischer herbst, festival, Graz
Duration: 60′
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World Première

Location: Helmut List-Halle Graz / Austria
Date: 25.09.2015
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
Conductor: Emilio Pomàrico
Scenery: Sofia Simitzis
Main Soloists: Johannes Silberschneider, Sprecher

Work Introduction

Composer Johannes Maria Staud meets the writer Josef Winkler. Their joint work, specially developed for steirischer herbst, is a subtle interplay of music and text. Not an opera, but an installation-based concert performance, a contemporary music theatre experiment.

Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen – surrealist Marcel Jean’s sculpture inspired Winkler to create an unusual surrealist monologue. In close collaboration with the writer Staud developed the composition for twenty-two instrumentalists of Ensemble Modern. “I have attempted to write instrumental music that is very much inspired by these verbal image fields, by these aphoristically evocative things.” (Johannes Maria Staud)

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Specter of the Gardenia oder Der Tag wird kommen

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