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Moritz Eggert: New Version of “Consolations”

The Munich pianist and composer Moritz Eggert made a technically new revision of his 1993 solo viola piece “Consolations” for the electric viola ad lib. in 2016. “The use of effect devices is intended to better differentiate the sonic levels”, Eggert comments.

The violist Andreas Ticozzi (viola / e-viola), founder and director of the Austrian Ensemble Plus, will perform the world premiere of this new version at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich on 18 March 2017.

Moritz Eggert has the following to say about the original version of “Consolations”:
“In the summer of 1993, whilst working on the very complex and thoroughly structured orchestral work ‘Vexations’, I consoled myself during my tired hours with thoughts about my next piece, which was to be very intimate and simple (and preferably for a solo instrument). It seemed fitting to give this piece the title ‘Consolations’ (not the first piece by this name, one need only think of Liszt or Lachenmann ...).
A passacaglia motif served as the fundamental idea that was going through my head whilst walking through the New England woods. This ever-similar bass, counterpointed by a second, ‘risky’ part in harmonics, is sounded at the beginning of the piece, but also remains in the background in the following passages. Each outburst in this piece also signifies a return, each exciting moment follows a moment of standing still, listening attentively.
The regular pulse of the footsteps. The wanderer’s whistling. Arrival – a consolation?”

Moritz Eggert dedicated his work “Consolations” to Gunther Pretzel.

18 March 2017
Nymphenburg Palace, Johannis Hall, 7:30 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 6:15 PM)
World premiere: Moritz Eggert
“Consolations” for viola (e-viola ad lib.) solo
Andreas Ticozzi (viola / e-viola)


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