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“Right in the Goal” – Moritz Eggert and His Football Oratorio in Bochum

Football has not so far been a major point of emphasis on the international music scene, with the exceptions of folkloristic singing attempts of individual players and the successful football opera “Playing Away” by the British composer Benedict Mason. But now there is a so-called football oratorio by the German composer Moritz Eggert, born in 1965 in Heidelberg, scheduled to be premiered on 11 September 2005 during the course of the Ruhr Triennial in Bochum in the Jahrhunderthalle.

The work’s title is “The Depth of the Space” – a football oratorio for soloists, orchestra and choir. The performers are Ursula Hesse von den Steinen, Thomas E. Bauer, the Choir of the Ruhr Triennial and the Bochum Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Steven Sloane.

Moritz Eggert explains why he chose a genre of sacred music for the subject of football:

“Oratorios are not necessarily ‘sacred,’ although we naturally had a good deal of fun approaching the classical form of the ‘passion,’ with the ‘player’ as a Jesus-like figure and the ‘sports reporter’ as a kind of evangelist. For many people, football is a substitute religion, and therefore the associative proximity to the sacred is not hard to see. But the important thing for me is the ironic potential, above all, of this kind of artificial excess.”

11.09.2005 in Bochum (Jahrhunderthalle)

Moritz Eggert: “The Depth of the Space”

Ruhr Triennial