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World Premiere: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks plays Eggert’s “Muzak”

The Grammy Award (2015) winner David Robertson will conduct The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) in the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s “Muzak” for voice and orchestra on 4 June 2016 at the Herkulessaal in Munich. The vocal part will be sung by the composer Moritz Eggert himself, who has dedicated his work to the recently deceased musician David Bowie.

“’Elevator music (also known as ‘Muzak’) is typically set to a very simple melody so that it can be unobtrusively looped back to the beginning. The dynamic range is also normally reduced, so that the highs and lows do not distract listeners. In a mall or shopping center, elevator music of a specific type has been found to have a psychological effect: slower, more relaxed music tends to make people slow down and browse longer. Elevator music may also be preferred over broadcast radio stations because of the lack of lyrics and commercial interruptions.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Moritz Eggert has supplied the following comments on his work “Muzak”:
“For me as a composer, it was always a strange, downright absurd thought to separate my own musical world from the world that surrounds me. For this reason, autarchic, self-sufficient musical systems have never particularly interested me, for these cannot tell the listeners of our time anything about this time. This ‘telling’, however, is the prerequisite for any creative impulse. As fascinating as complete abstraction may be, it is usually sufficent in itself and is its own beginning and ending. I need what is living, for it is always one thing: true.
To very consciously incorporate the entire sonic world of one’s own time in a composition is by no means a ‘contamination’ of the same (as the aesthetics of the Adorno school still postulate), provided that this inclusion does not remain a stylistic quotation but becomes part of a complex musical narration (as we know it in the music of Mahler, for example). This is by no means ‘postmodern’ but has always been a component of classical music since the very outset. The earliest composers already incorporated all the music of their time known to them without any great inhibitions, at the latest since the moment when notated music separated from the religious rite. The history of music has always shown, time and again, that this acceptance and admission of the other does not stand in the way of a personal style, but that the new and previously unknown arises precisely from it.”

The work “Muzak” is a commissioned work by ‘musica viva’ of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR).

4 June 2016
Herkulessaal, 8 PM
World premiere: Moritz Eggert
“Muzak” for voice and orchestra
Moritz Eggert (voice)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
David Robertson (direction)


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