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French Premiere: “AULODIE” by Peter Ruzicka in Marseille

The Frenchman Armel Descotte, solo oboist of the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006, will present Peter Ruzicka’s work “AULODIE” for oboe and chamber orchestra, accompanied by the Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Peter Ruzicka, on 26 February 2017 at the Marseille Opera.

The concert piece “AULODIE”, completed in 2011, was commissioned by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival with funding by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. The work received its world premiere on 5 August 2011 in Salzau, performed by the oboist Albrecht Mayer and the SHMF Orchestra, on that occasion also conducted by the composer himself.

Peter Ruzicka comments on “AULODIE” as follows:
“My oboe concerto AULODIE, composed in 2011, is made up of seven scenes merging into each other of various densities, durations and instrumental balance. The sound formation accompanying the solo instrument consists of 20 strings, 3 percussionists, harp, piano and celesta. All seven scenes begin with an identical musical shape. This opens up the space for ‘sound discourses’ which only seem to receive the impulse for their continuation whilst they are actually sounding.
‘Aulos’ was an ancient Greek instrument that was played at special occasions: as a pugnacious working song, mourning song, wedding music, dance of weapons or at satyr plays that could end up in a wild frenzy. In AULODIE, too, emotional borderline situations determine the seven scenes of the composition. In so doing, the music often seems to pause, listening to itself in retrospect, pointing out events that have sounded previously. AULODIE is perhaps the work of mine that is most ‘like a novel.’”

26 February 2017
Opéra de Marseille, 5 PM
French premiere: Peter Ruzicka
“AULODIE” for oboe and chamber orchestra
Armel Descotte (oboe)
Marseille Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille)
Peter Ruzicka (direction)


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