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New Works by Schachtner: “Invention VI: Liebmannista” and “Pacifico”

During the course of the series “Studio for New Music”, Johannes X. Schachtner’s “Invention VI: Liebmannista” for small ensemble with soprano obbligato will be given its world premiere in Munich on 28 November 2016. Franziska Stürz (soprano), Dorothee Binding (flute), Bettina Bachofer (viola), Patrick Stapleton (percussion) and Olga Tivanova (piano) will interpret the work at the Bayerische Versicherungskammer (Bavarian Chamber of Insurance).

With this work, Schachtner has expanded his series of percussion invention, now arriving at the Sixth Invention. He wrote it for an ensemble of the Munich Tonkünstlerverband (Association of Musicians). The title refers to the performing apparatus developed for the harmonium by Ernst Erich Liebmann in 1906 which can be regarded as the precursor of the one-finger automatic accompanying function of present-day keyboards.

Johannes X. Schachtner has commented on his work “Invention VI: Liebmannista” as follows:
“’Liebmannista’ designates a device found on a harmonium enabling a player to accompany songs without any knowledge of harmony. My Sixth Invention for ensemble with obbligato soprano plays with this sonic idea, in that a far-reaching soprano vocalise is coloured, accompanied and indeed ‘harmonised’ in ever new ways.”

Just three days later, on 1 December 2016, the pianists Lauriane Follonier and Marc Pantillon will premiere the new four hand piano hymn “Pacifico” by the Munich composer in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The concert will take place at the Salle des Pasteurs.

The composer on “Pacifico”:
“The Italian word ‘pacifico’ (peace-loving, calm, clear, the Pacific Ocean) accompanied me during work on my composition for piano four hands. The work is spun out of a tower of fifths spanning all the octaves of the keyboard. The central C major, conjuring up a hymn, repeatedly shines through; the widely extended chordal passages, a hymn accompanied by a kithara in fifths, is repeatedly interrupted by eruptive interjections – the apparently eternal struggle for peace. For all that, the fifth as the principal interval plays a Janus-like role. On the one hand, as a clear, bright, calm interval; on the other hand, as a point of departure for a totally rough type of chromaticism in a multi-layered design.”

28 November 2016
Munich
Versicherungskammer Bayern, 8 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Invention VI: Liebmannista” for small ensemble with soprano obbligato
Franziska Stürz (soprano)
Dorothee Binding (flute)
Bettina Bachofer (viola)
Patrick Stapleton (percussion)
Olga Tivanova (piano)

1 December 2016
Neuchâtel
Salle des Pasteurs, 8 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Pacifico”. Hymn for piano four hands
Lauriane Follonier, Marc Pantillon (both piano)

 

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