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Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf: World Premiere of „... in memoriam ...“ in Freiburg

On 28 February 2010 the Ensemble SurPlus performed the world premiere of the new piece “... in memoriam ...” for bass flute, piano, violoncello and contra bass by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf in Freiburg. It is a memorial for James Avery, the American pianist, conductor, new music pioneer and founder of the Ensemble SurPlus, who died in 2009. The instrumentation refers to the tradition of “in memoriam” works. At the same time, each instrument has been assigned a definite “personalità,” says the composer: bass flute as lamento bass; piano as death knell; double bass as a knocking sign from the past life; the violoncello in an extremely high range as an intimation of transcendence.

28. Februar 2010
E-Werk, Großer Saal, 6 PM
World premiere: Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf
„... in memoriam ...“ for bass flute, pianao, violoncello and contra bass
Ensemble SurPlus
Hommage à James Avery


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