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Moritz Eggert: “Pong” for Septet Given Belgian Premiere

During the course of the general meeting of the ECSA (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), the Belgian premiere of Moritz Eggert’s septet “Pong” take place on 16 February 2016 in Brussels. At the Studio 1 of the venue Flagey in Brussels the ensemble Sturm und Klang will perform the work, composed in 2002, under the musical direction of Thomas Van Haeperen.

The world premiere of this septet was already given in the year 2006 in Lyon; in addition there exists a second version of “Pong” for six instruments (flute, violin, marimba, piano, violoncello and clarinet) which was premiered on 10 April 2013 by the Talea Ensemble in Seattle.

Moritz Eggert comments on his new work as follows:
“’Pong’ was the first ever computer game, and still has a kind of legendary reputation as the game that spawned the billion dollar computer game industry. Although on the surface there seems to be a development in graphics and presentation, the basis of all these games is found in ‘pong’: objects in motion that hit or miss each other. One could argue that the same could be said about life itself. ’Hocket’ would be the musical equivalent to ‘Pong’. My piece ‘Pong’ is a kind of musical game using an imaginary ‘racket’ that hits and misses notes, sends them to other players, stops them dead, etc.. For this technique at least two players are needed – ‘hocket’ doesn’t work when your on your own. When we look at motion itself, it seems to be the most elementary element of music – without motion of some sort there is no sound. Without sound there is no communication. Without the will to communicate something there is no need for any musical composition. This is why in this piece I embrace the principle of ‘Pong’- as I embrace life itself.”

16 February 2016
Flagey (Studio 1), 7 PM
Belgian premiere: Moritz Eggert
“Pong” for septet
Sturm und Klang ensemble
Thomas Van Haeperen (direction)


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