The Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik focuses on the music of Friedrich Cerha this year: on Bruchstück, geträumt (Klangforum Wien, c. Stefan Asbury, world première: 23 Apr), Cerha writes: "It's like in a dream: one tries to move forward; but it's impossible. The music feels its way as if blind. The piece is an epitome - the highest praise of slowness."
Neun Bagatellen for string trio (world première: 24 Apr) was inspired by a suggestion by violinist Ernst Kovacic. In this piece, Cerha once again indulges in his love of the "gripping translation of the direct, spontaneous idea" - as in the orchestral works Momente and Instants. The programme in Witten also features Netzwerk-Fantasie (soloist: Marino Formenti, 24 Apr) and an excerpt from Eine Art Chansons (Klangforum Wien, 25 Apr).
On 14 Apr, Remix Ensemble will be performing Les Adieux for the first time in Porto/P.
During the Witten Festival a new work by Georg Friedrich Haas will also be given its world première. Ensemble Recherche performs AUS.WEG for eight instruments on 24 April.