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American Premiere: “Fachwerk” by Sofia Gubaidulina in Berkeley

During the course of the “Zellerbach Hall Series“ the bayan player Geir Draugsvoll and the Berkeley Symphony will present the American premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina‘s “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra on 3 December 2015 at the Zellerbach Hall of Berkeley under the direction of Joana Carneiro.

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.

3 December 2015
Zellerbach Hall, 8 PM (Introduction to the concert: 6:30 PM)
American premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Geir Draugsvoll (bayan)
Berkeley Symphony
Joana Carneiro (direction)


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