Johannes Maria Staud: Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden

Johannes Maria Staud Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden
Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden

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
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
trombone
1st percussion
2nd percussion
piano
viola
1st violoncello
2nd violoncello
contrabass
tape
Duration:
12’
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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

World première

Location:
Witten
Date:
10.05.2003
Orchestra:
Klangforum Wien
Conductor:
Emilio Pomàrico

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