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Schachtner‘s “sehn-sucht” Given German Premiere

The Munich composer Johannes X. Schachtner composed in 2015 his piano piece “sehn-sucht” (longing) for the 650th birthday of the University of Vienna. The world premiere was given on 4 November 2015 in the Old Concert Hall of the University, performed by the pianist Mirjam Kraupe.

On the occasion of the 70th founding day of the union ‘Tonkünstler München e.V.’, Eva Schieferstein will now perform the German premiere of Schachtner’s “sehn-sucht” in Munich on 18 March 2016.

The composer describes his work “sehn-sucht” as follows:
“The German term ‘Sehn-sucht’ transmits a special message with its two components — in contrast to the corresponding words in English or in Romance languages. In Grimm’s dictionary, an illness is even mentioned in connection with it. The immanent intensity of this word has fascinated me for a long time. I experience the initial descending thirds in Brahms’s Op. 119 No. 1 as a musical realisation of this profoundly romantic feeling. My piano work ‘sehn-sucht’ uses this supply of tones as a sonic space in which the piano traces this feeling, this restless urge: searching for the ‘concentration of the energy of longing’, for a ‘religion of abeyance’, as dreamt of by Clemens Brentano.”

18 March 2016
Schwere Reiter, 6:30 PM
German premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“sehn-sucht” for piano
Eva Schieferstein (piano)


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