Georg Friedrich Haas: Anachronism

  • for ensemble
  • Duration: 13’
  • Instrumentation details:
    clarinet in Bb (+cl(A), bass cl(Bb))
    bassoon (+cbsn)
    double bass
  • Composer: Georg Friedrich Haas
  • Commission: This work was commissioned by Carnegie Hall for The Academy – a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The World Premiere was given by Ensemble ACJW at Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York on February 14, 2014 and repeated at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York City on February 28, 2014.

Work introduction

In Anachronism, associations with minimal music are a key element – even though “the time structure and compositional processes are far removed from the historical reference points” (Georg Friedrich Haas). In an interview with the New York Times, Haas recalled old newspapers in which photographs were essentially a rough pattern of individual dots. Anachronism takes a similar approach. Haas’ harmonic world is projected in the grain of a “relentlessly pulsating 11/8 time signature”.

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

New York (US)
Ensemble ACJW

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