in vain in Buenos Aires and Warsaw

Reading time: 2 min. Georg Friedrich Haas

in vain was an hour-long ensemble work that made a shattering nocturnal impression […] a monumental work.
(Tom Service,The Guardian)


Earlier this year the Italian magazine “Classic Voice” announced Georg Friedrich Haas’ work in vain to be the “most beautiful score of the new millennium” – the result of a survey in which 130 experts of European contemporary music participated. In 2013 Sir Simon Rattle said that the piece was “one of the first great masterpieces of the 21st century”.

in vain is a sonic poem, a sonic fantasia. Scored for 24 instruments, the music’s singularity is a captivating experience for audiences. Haas is correct in rejecting the categorisation of “microtonal composer;” his music is determined by his extraordinarily sensitive ear, which calls for using pitches in his music which lie between conventional notes. in vain is music of our time; it is avant-garde in the original sense of the term – yet, as often with Haas, musical tradition still flickers through here, too.





On 21 November in vain is to receive its Polish première at the Teatr Nowy in Warsaw with Andrzej Bauer conducting the Chain Ensemble. The Argentinian première of the work will be given on the following day by Erik Oña and the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

We have prepared an audio excerpt of in vain for you:



Sylvain Cambreling conducts the Klangforum Wien. Released in 2003 by Kairos: download the booklet.


View the full study score:

in vain



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