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Nikolai Badinski: The Intoxicated Bat

  • A surrealistic encounter in dream with Johann Strauß and Johann Sebastian Bach (1991/1992)
  • for orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 3 1 - timp, perc(2), str
  • Duration: 14’
  • Instrumentation details:
    1st flute
    2nd flute (+picc)
    1st oboe
    2nd oboe
    1st clarinet in A (+bass cl(Bb))
    2nd clarinet in A
    1st bassoon
    2nd bassoon (+cbsn)
    1st horn in F
    2nd horn in F
    3rd horn in F
    4th horn in F
    1st trumpet in Bb
    2nd trumpet in Bb
    1st trombone
    2nd trombone
    3rd trombone
    1st percussion
    2nd percussion
    violin I
    violin II
    double bass
  • Composer: Nikolai Badinski
  • Dedication: Der Welt-Musikmuse Wien gewidmet, einem Phänomen, das für mich schon in meiner frühesten Kindheit ein fernes/nahes Wundermärchen war

Work introduction

The idea of an orchestral composition associated with Johann Strauß, the symbol of pleasurable, cheerful music on the highest level, came to me many years ago. It was a recurring dream: Johann Strauß’ “musical Gestalt” kept shimmering in my own musical visions.

At that time I was also intensively involved with twelve-tone music and generally avant-garde ideas, which was forbidden then in East Germany and the socialist countries; so it could only happen in secret. That annoyed me greatly.

Later on, sounds came along which I heard as the initial notes of Bach’s Art of Fugue. Bach “calmed” my conscience, so to speak – and yet I blocked myself internally from putting my dream-vision on paper as a composition. But the vision pursued me for years until I drafted the first sketches for orchestra in London in 1991 and finished the full score in Berlin.

Two worlds oscillate in this piece in a surrealistic way – two epochs which commingle: the world of Johann Strauß’s time and ours, with Bach as a bridge.

Nikolai Badinski
1992, Berlin/London

Translated by Grant Chorley, 2013


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