The premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina's “Prologue“ for orchestra is postponed

The Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig wanted to premiere the Prologue for orchestra under the direction of Andris Nelsons in Berlin on September 8, 2020 as part of the Berlin Music Festival, the British premiere was then to take place with the Gewandhaus on September 10, 2020 at the BBC Proms, followed by a performance in Leipzig on September 12, 2020. These performances have now been canceled due to the corona pandemic. Instead, the premiere should be rescheduled at a later date. We will keep you up to date.

The work "Prolog" refers directly to Gubaidulina's most recent orchestral piece "The Wrath of God". "I actually wrote the work 'The Wrath of God' as a finale," the composer explains in an interview with Dr. Ann-Katrin Zimmermann in the Gewandhaus magazine. "I'm always short of time. But now I have time to write a prologue to this finale and at the same time build on Martin Buber's thoughts to which my violin concerto refers. Incidentally, I always think of the end of a work first - or a position shortly before the end. Why that's so, I do not know. In any case, the end always comes first. Both works - God's Wrath and the Prologue - are dedicated to Beethoven. The prologue is supposed to present the cause of the finale. And these are: questions, questions, questions. In Beethoven's last string quartet, a phrase appears at the beginning of the last movement that has always fascinated me: 'Does it have to be? It has to be! 'I go one step further and ask:' Does it have to be that way? Yes, it has to be like that! ‘God’s anger then gives the answer to this question ...“

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