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Semperoper Dresden: Peter Ruzicka’s “ELEGIE” Given World Premiere

The conductor, music director and composer Peter Ruzicka has dedicate his new work “ELEGIE” (Erinnerung) for orchestra to Christian Thielemann. Caused by illness Thielemann has cancelled his conducting. David Robertson will now conduct the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden in the world premiere of “ELEGIE” on 16 April 2016 at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Peter Ruzicka comments on “ELEGIE” as follows:
“The last 13 bars that Richard Wagner wrote and played for friends at the Palazzo Vendramin on the evening before his death are a declaration of love to Cosima – in the form of a mysterious question. The ‘Elegy’ (German: ‘Elegie’) appears to be a musical self-observation that refers from afar to ‘Tristan’ and the events surrounding its composition. I have been occupied with Wagner’s piano sketch for a long time. Its openness and indefiniteness caused me to continue the thought behind it - attaining a highly personal musical approach and removal. For this, I selected the sonic potential of a string orchestra underlain by impulses and ‘shadowy sounds’ of three flutes and percussion. Wagner’s question persists. And it still seems unanswerable today…“

A further performance of “ELEGIE” with the same interpreters will take place on the following day, 17 April 2016 (11 AM), at the Semperoper.

16 April 2016
Semperoper, 7 PM
World premiere: Peter Ruzicka
“ELEGIE”. Erinnerung for orchestra
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
David Robertson (direction)


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