Johannes Maria Staud: Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

Johannes Maria Staud Caldera (für Tony Cragg)
Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

Johannes Maria Staud: Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

Year of composition:
2013
Scored for:
for soprano, clarinet and piano (with active page-turner)
Composer:
Johannes Maria Staud
Librettist:
Durs Grünbein
Commission:
Kompositionsauftrag der Salzburg Foundation Mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Suhrkamp Verlags.
Duration:
7’
Dedication:
für Mojca Erdmann und Matthias Pintscher
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Work introduction

As already evident from the title, my piece regards the sculpture by Tony Cragg in Salzburg’s Makartplatz. From the very outset, I was captivated by the organic-magmatic textures of the work, so rich in associations and allusions, while remaining formally reduced. When viewed from certain angles, it even gives the impression of two larger-than-life figures in an intimate encounter. Thus, in my piece, I cause the soprano and the clarinet to virtually merge and I let both of them interact perpetually in various states of aggregation.

The piano (including the page-turner as an active participant) gives the events their depth, third-dimensionality and magmatic proliferation. The fundamental questions haunting me during the work were these: how would it sound if that sculpture would begin to sing? And which language would it use to articulate? The archaic quality of Cragg’s sculpture naturally and decisively influenced the choice of the antelopic style (words: Durs Grünbein).

Caldera (for Tony Cragg) is dedicated to Mojca Erdmann and Matthias Pintscher.

Johannes Maria Staud

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Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

Johannes Maria Staud: Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

score
for soprano, clarinet and piano (with active page-turner) , 7’

Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

Johannes Maria Staud: Caldera (für Tony Cragg)

set of parts
for soprano, clarinet and piano (with active page-turner) , 7’

World première

Location:
Salzburg
Date:
24.08.2013
Orchestra:
Scharoun Ensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor:
Matthias Pintscher

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