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World Premiere: Moritz Eggert’s “Number Nine VII: Mass” in Munich

Moritz Eggert’s “Number Nine VII: Mass” for large orchestra will receive its world premiere on 5 February 2010 in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residenz. This work was commissioned by “musica viva.” The new orchestral piece will be performed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Peter Rundel.

The composer has supplied the following commentary:
“The piece is extreme in that the entire orchestra actually plays the whole time (sempre tutti). There are therefore no longer breaks that one could mention – they are usually also short tutti rests – and page-turning must often be done very quickly.

In general, the role of the conductor for the communicating of the music is very important in this piece – ideally, the impression should be as if the conductor were consciously shaping the often homogeneous sound masses with his movements, as if the orchestra were reacting to him directly. Thus “silent” beats, for example, should be beaten extremely small so that there will be the impression of an immense, spontaneously reacting “mass.”

As far as the percussion is concerned, mallet indications were dispensed with except for the tympani. Due to the rapid alteration taking place, probably only one kind of mallet can be used. It is up to the percussionists’ discretion to choose the mallet that is equally suitable for all the instruments being played (so-called “double mallets” with two different heads would be especially useful here).”

05.02.2010
Munich
Residenz, Herkulessaal, 8 PM
World premiere: Moritz Eggert,
“Number Nine VII: Masse” for large orchestra
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Conductor: Peter Rundel
Commissioned work by „musica viva“

 

Copyright of the photo: Residenz München

 

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