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Works of Johannes X. Schachtner at Festivals in Lviv and Kronberg

The Munich composer Johannes X. Schachtner composed his Chamber Symphony for chamber ensemble in 2007/2008; the world premiere of this work took place on 12 October 2008 in the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in Munich. The Ukrainian premiere of the work will now be presented in a version for chamber orchestra on 2 October 2015 in Lviv. The Ensemble Zeitsprung, together with the Lviv Chamber Orchestra, will perform this version at the Contrasts Festival under the direction of Markus Elsner at the Lviv Philharmonia.

The world premiere of a new composition by Schachtner will take place one day later, on the last day of this year’s Kronberg Academy Festival (26 September to 3 October 2015). The violist Adrien Boisseau will present the new solo work for viola “Punctum” in the Lokschuppen in Kronberg on 3 October 2015. This work was inspired by the sculpture “Nine Points” by Bernar Venet ( born 1941). It was commissioned by the Kronberg Academy Foundation.

Johannes X. Schachtner comments on his new work “Punctum” as follows:
“The confrontation with Bernar Venet’s sculpture ‘Points’, which was to lead to a ‘musical essay’ on it, led me to the term ‘punctum’ (prick, small hole). On the one hand, it is known from the musical context of counterpoint, and on the other hand, it also plays a major role in the essay ‘La chambre claire’ by the French philosopher Roland Barthes. With it, he describes the accidental element in a photograph that strikes the observer. Venet’s nine sculpture elements already contain, in their composition, an inner melody. At the same time, one always observes only the individual element and recognises what is singular about it. My work for viola develops out of this dialectic. The transit from the individual note to the two-dimensional melodious line becomes the theme of this work for solo viola.”

2 October 2015
Festival “Contrasts”, Philharmonia, 8 PM
Ukrainian premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
Chamber Symphony (version for chamber orchestra)
Ensemble Zeitsprung
Lviv Chamber Orchestra
Markus Elsner (direction)

3 October 2015
Kronberg Academy Festival, Lokschuppen, 5 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Punctum” for viola solo
Adrien Boisseau (viola)


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