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Bruckner Orchestra Linz Performs Austrian Premiere of “FLUCHT” by Ruzicka

At the concert entitled “Carte blanche à Peter Ruzicka” on 19 October 2017 at the Brucknerhaus in Linz, Peter Ruzicka’s “FLUCHT: Six passages for orchestra” will be given its Austrian premiere. The Bruckner Orchestra Linz will perform under the musical direction of the composer.

This work, completed in 2014, was given its world premiere at the festival “Ultraschall Berlin” on 24 January 2016 by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the Haus des Rundfunks conducted by Franck Ollu.

Peter Ruzicka about his work “FLUCHT”:
“My orchestral work ‘FLUCHT’ is initially related to a music-theatrical work in progress about Walter Benjamin. As was the case prior to the composition of my two earlier operas CELAN and HÖLDERLIN, I have also attempted here to describe, in the form of a purely orchestral work, the specific "tone" that will be decisive for the later operatic score. During the course of this, the musical material points out several new paths that could be significant for my compositional work.
The piece does not depict any internal programme and – like the opera – is not actually a work ‘about’ or ‘with’ Benjamin, but rather ‘due to Benjamin’, whose restless journey is itself intended to become realised in sound here. In this respect, one could probably sense something of the hermetic-mystic depth of many of his texts, as well as something of the discontinuity of his thought. And one will also find out about Walter Benjamin himself, plagued by depression and isolation. The musical gestural language, therefore appears as an ‘inward journey’…”

19 October 2017
Brucknerhaus, Grand Hall, 7:30 PM
Austrian premiere: Peter Ruzicka
“FLUCHT. Six passages for orchestra”
Bruckner Orchestra Linz
Peter Ruzicka (direction)


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