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Geir Draugsvoll Brings Gubaidulina’s “Fachwerk” to Austria

The bayanist Geir Draugsvoll and the percussionist Martin Köhler will be the soloists at the 7th Symphony Concert of the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck (Tyrol Symphony Orchestra Innsbruck), conducted by Fabrice Bollon, on 11 and 12 May 2017 at the Congress Innsbruck. The concert on 11 May 2017 will mark the Austrian premiere performance of Sofia Gubaidulina’s composition “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and orchestra.

Sofia Gubaidulina wrote her composition for Geir Draugsvoll, a Norwegian living in Copenhagen, also dedicating it to him. The bayanist was the soloist at numerous “Fachwerk” local premieres around the world, as well as at the world premiere on 13 November 2009 at the music centre ‘De Bijloke’ in Gent with the percussionist Anders Loguin and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the musical direction of Reinbert de Leeuw.

For Sofia Gubaidulina, the term FACHWERK, the sound of which fascinates her no end, contains two components. On the one hand, there is the craftsmanship necessary to make the composition into a performable musical work in its structure, form and architecture. On the other hand, the term also has aesthetic components. The “fachwerk” method of construction serves the buildings of the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age not only from the point of view of statics, but also lends the buildings an especially charming, picturesque appearance. In the instrument bayan, too, the “Fachwerk” principle is perfectly manifest, in the composer’s view, due to its method of construction and specific sound possibilities. Thus, beauty and construction are combined to form an artistic whole in Sofia Gubaidulina’s latest instrument concerto, as in her previous works.

11 May 2017
Innsbruck
Congress Innsbruck, Saal Tirol, 8 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 7:15 PM, foyer)
Austrian premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and orchestra
Geir Draugsvoll (bayan)
Martin Köhler (percussion)
Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck
Fabrice Bollon (direction)

 

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