Maria Staud has written a new solo piece entitled Celluloid for Joachim Hans, the
solo bassoonist of the Sächsische Staatskapelle. World première: 7 June in Dresden.
The Staatskapelle’s Tobias Niederschlag spoke to Staud about how the title came about:
“There were two reasons for it. Firstly, I think the bassoon is a little underestimated as an instrument. This has only begun to change during the last few years – at least since Luciano Berio’s Sequenza. I felt the same way about the old celluloid tapes that are unfortunately hardly ever played any more in today’s digitalised age …
Secondly, I was also inspired by a poem by Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, which speaks of the “endless expansion of celluloid”. Ultimately, the solo pieces in my career to date have always been focused pieces in which I could examine and realign things. That’s why I am particularly grateful to the Staatskapelle for this commission.” (Staud)
Read Tobias Niederschlag's interview with Johannes Maria Staud in the first edition of our new Musikblätter.