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Johannes X. Schachtner: Three New Works and a Portrait CD

There will be two important highlights for the Munich composer Johannes X. Schachtner right at the beginning of July 2016.

At Schloss Kempfenhausen during the course of the Echolot Festival for New Music, Schachtner’s new work “Invention IV – Canon (tribute to Johanna M. Beyer)” for percussion, piano and string quartet will be given its world premiere by the Ensemble Zeitsprung on 3 July 2016. The composer himself will conduct this chamber work; he is also a co-founder of the Echolot New Music Festival.

“Invention IV” is part of Schachtner’s series of works for percussion (“Inventions”). The English subtitle “Canon” is intentionally ambiguous, referring as it does both to the compositional form of the canon and to the noise-like quality of a cannon. “Invention IV” is a tribute to the German composer Johanna M. Beyer, who died in American exile in 1944 and was active in the circle surrounding John Cage. Schachtner recently made an adaptation of her “Music of the Spheres” for six violoncelli and triangle.

A further highlight will be the CD release concert for Johannes X. Schachtner’s newly issued NEOS Portrait CD on 5 July 2016 at the Schwere Reiter in Munich. Two works will receive their world premieres at this concert. The Ensemble Zeitsprung will present the new ensemble work “Symphonic Essay” based on Schachtner’s chamber symphony composed in 2007/2008. In addition, members of the ensemble together with the percussionist Babette Haag will perform “Invention V – Battery” for percussion and four winds.

3 July 2016
Schloss, 8 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Invention IV – Canon”. Tribute to Johanna M. Beyer for percussion, piano and string quartet
Ensemble Zeitsprung
Johannes X. Schachtner (direction)

5 July 2016
Schwere Reiter, 8 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Symphonic Essay” for chamber ensemble
“Invention V – Battery”
for percussion and four wind players
Babette Haag (percussion)
Ensemble Zeitsprung


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