Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology

Johannes Maria Staud On Comparative Meteorology
On Comparative Meteorology

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology

Year of composition:
2008-2009/2010
Scored for:
for orchestra
Composer:
Johannes Maria Staud
Instrumentation:
4 3 3 3 - 4 1 2 1 - cornet(2), 1st-4th violin I, 5th-8th violin I, 9th-14th violin I, 1st-6th violin II, 7th-12th violin II, 1st-6th viola, 7th-10th viola, 1st-4th violoncello, 5th-8th violoncello, 1st, 2nd contrabass, 3rd, 4th contrabass, 5th, 6th contra
Instrumentation details:
1st piccolo
2nd piccolo
1st flute
2nd flute (+bass fl)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
cor anglais
clarinet in Eb
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
basset horn (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
3rd bassoon (+cbsn)
horn in F
horn in F
horn in F
horn in F
piccolo trumpet
1st cornet in C
2nd cornet in C
bass trumpet
1st trombone
2nd trombone
tuba
timpani
1st percussion
2nd percussion
3rd percussion
4th percussion
harp
celesta
piano
1st-4th violin I
5th-8th violin I
9th-14th violin I
1st-6th violin II
7th-12th violin II
1st-6th viola
7th-10th viola
1st-4th violoncello
5th-8th violoncello
1st, 2nd contrabass
3rd, 4th contrabass
5th, 6th contrabass
Commission:
Auftragswerk des Cleveland Orchestra
Duration:
18’
Dedication:
für Silvia Franz Welser-Möst gewidmet im Andenken an Bruno Schulz
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Work introduction

This work is the result of a startling discovery: I learned about Bruno Schulz (1892 – 1942). The only surviving works by the Polish-Jewish visionary are the two short-story collections Cinnamon Shops (Sklepy cynamonowe) and Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (Sanatorium pod klepsydra), along with the short story The Comet (Kometa) and a few prose fragments, letters and sketches – but his oeuvre had a meteoric impact on the world of literature, and its significance is only gradually gaining worldwide recognition.

Using fantastically exaggerated memories of his own childhood, Bruno Schulz creates a bizarre world that is a law entirely unto itself, with a hyper-realistic language of incomparable colourfulness. Outside temporal causality, Schulz dissects reality into its individual components and puts them together again in new combinations like a kaleidoscope, fractured by an individual consciousness for which prosaic literalism seems not to exist.

Hypertrophic descriptions of nature and weather and their unique reflections in the inner life of humans; questionable acts of demiurgism and uncharted realms of existence; byways and blind alleys in time – these are his themes, the foundations of his bizarre world, which is made up of the little narrator Józef, his enigmatic father Jakub, the lascivious servant Adela and a series of other peculiar figures. The heat of an August day, the violence of a stormy night (in the company of an unhinged and fulminating aunt), the fertility of the arrival of spring (and its interpretation with the help of a stamp album)... I do not exaggerate when I say that I have seen all these things with new eyes and experienced them with new senses since I started reading Bruno Schulz.

The work is inspired by my wonderful experience with Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra, and represents my attempt to trace the mysterious world of Bruno Schulz in a musical way, without duplicating or illustrating it. The title is taken from the short story A Second Autumn, in which the father of the narrator conducts the most peculiar studies of the parasitically rampant autumn wildlife and the specific climate in his area.

On Comparative Meteorology is made up of six variously short pieces, which follow each other without pause and which are set off by short fragments of text by Schulz. This work is also the first part of an orchestral diptych, which is concluded with Contrebande (On Comparative Meteorology II) world première in 2010 with Ensemble Modern and Pierre Boulez.

Johannes Maria Staud

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On Comparative Meteorology

Johannes Maria Staud: On Comparative Meteorology

study score
for orchestra , 18’
Instr.: 4 3 3 3 - 4 1 2 1 - cornet(2), 1st-4th violin I, 5th-8th violin I, 9th-14th violin I, 1st-6th violin II, 7th-12th violin II, 1st-6th viola, 7th-10th viola, 1st-4th violoncello, 5th-8th violoncello, 1st, 2nd contrabass, 3rd, 4th contrabass, 5th, 6th contra

World première

Location:
Wien
Date:
29.10.2010
Orchestra:
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Conductor:
Peter Eötvös

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