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Johannes X. Schachtner: “Eutopia” and “Whistling Johanna” Given World Premieres

Two new works by Johannes X. Schachtner will be given their world premieres on 22 October 2016 at different locations in Munich. The Klassik Chor München and the Arcis Saxophone Quartet (winners of the 2016 Bavarian Cultural Promotion Prize) will present the world premiere of Schachtner’s new ensemble work “Eutopia” under the direction of Christian Meister at the Himmelfahrtskirche in the Munich district of Sendling. At the same time, the world premiere of Bagatelle No. 4 “Whistling Johanna” for two violins will be given at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche in Munich’s historical city centre by the solo violinists Valerie Schweighöfer and Anna Caracciolo.

Johannes X. Schachtner has supplied the following commentary on “Eutopia”:
“For a long time, I have been planning to come to terms with the words of the so-called Messianic Peace of Animals in a composition. The longing for this vision of peace, describing an apocalyptical state in which enemies behave peacefully towards each other and take care of each other, has become very much a presence for me, especially recently. Ultimately, it is a metaphor for what our world and especially our society most urgently needs: humanity.
In my composition, designed as a vocalise, the vowels of the individual words merge into each other. They are taken from various translations of the original Biblical text, uniting to form new spherical sounds and thus expressing hope for the ‘good’, the ideal place.”

Here are the composer’s remarks on his work “Whistling Johanna”:
“One first name turns up in the titles of each of my Three Bagatelles for two violins (Adam and Fanny, as well as Jack and Jill); I wanted to retain this little tradition in my fourth bagatelle, which is a furioso etude with and about whistling noises (ranging from harmonics to whistling which have to be executed by both violinists). When I came across the nickname of an early Telefunken radio, I had found the next title: ‘Whistling Johanna’.”

22 October 2016
Himmelfahrtskirche, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Eutopia”. Vocalise for saxophone quartet and choir
freely based on the ‘Messianic Peace’
Klassik Chor München
Arcis Saxophone Quartet
Christian Meister (direction)

22 October 2016
Allerheiligen-Hofkirche, 8 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Whistling Johanna”. Bagatelle No. 4 for two violins
(with police and dog whistles)
Valerie Schweighöfer, Anna Caracciolo (both violin)


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