Johannes Maria Staud: K'in

Johannes Maria Staud K'in
K'in

Johannes Maria Staud: K'in

Year of composition:
2012-2013
Scored for:
for bassoon and string quartet
Composer:
Johannes Maria Staud
Instrumentation details:
bassoon
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
Commission:
Auftragswerk der Klangspuren Schwaz, des Concertgebouw Brügge und der Cité de la Musique Paris
Duration:
12’
Dedication:
für Pascal Gallois und das Hugo Wolf Quartett
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Work introduction

In the Mayan language, K’in means “sun.” It is also the smallest unit in the Mayan calendar, corresponding to one day.

On 21 December 2012, when I was in the middle of working on this piece, the world was supposed to end – at least according to some apocalyptic prophets who based their predictions on the Long Count of the Mayan calendar, but who, in truth, had probably read too much H.P. Lovecraft.

But the world did not end; I took that as a fine motive for naming my piece after the Mayan sun (which indeed rose again on 22 December 2012).

This thoroughly ritual piece gradually takes on the character of an evocation, phrase by phrase. The bassoon is often contrasted with the string quartet, the latter blocky, compact and tuned scordatura.

K’in is dedicated to my dear friends Pascal Gallois and the Hugo Wolf Quartet.

Johannes Maria Staud

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K'in

Johannes Maria Staud: K'in

score
for bassoon and string quartet , 12’

K'in

Johannes Maria Staud: K'in

set of parts
for bassoon and string quartet , 12’

K'in

Johannes Maria Staud: K'in

score
for bassoon and string quartet , 12’

K'in

Johannes Maria Staud: K'in

set of parts
for bassoon and string quartet , 12’

World première

Location:
Innsbruck
Date:
19.09.2013
Orchestra:
Hugo Wolf Quartett

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