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Between Mozart and Chopin: “Eterniday” by Lera Auerbach premiered in Koblenz

Lera Auerbach will be featured at the first concert of the Koblenz Concerts series on 25 April 2010 alongside Mozart and Chopin, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated during the year 2010. Auerbach has completed the commissioned work "Eterniday" (Hommage à W.A. Mozart) for bass drum, celesta and strings, to be premiered by the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie under Daniel Raiskin.

The composer has supplied the following comments on his work:

“I sketched the full work in late August - early September 2009 and left the manuscript on top of my Steinway concert grand in my studio in New York before leaving for a tour. I planned to finish it when I returned from the tour in December. While I was away, there was a devastating electrical fire in my studio which burnt down the entire apartment including the Steinway and everything that was around it. The manuscript of the new work was gone. I tried to remember what I had written, but soon gave up any hopes to resurrect it, the creative impulse behind this work was gone, and without my manuscript to guide me back I lost the sense of what this work was to me. So I decided to start anew and to write a different piece altogether. Even the instrumentation of the work changed - instead of a full chamber orchestra as was in my original sketch - now it was down to bass drum, celesta and strings.

The principal string players have extensive solos in a concerto grosso style - sometimes they are part of the orchestra, at other times they have clearly personal statements. The resulting piece is very intimate, with extremely detailed writing, often with multiple simultaneous dynamic layers. Strings are divided most of the time into three different voices: three first violins, including solo, three second violins and so on.

’Eterniday’ is an original word, combining Eternity and Day, something everlasting and fragile, yet blended together into one. Because of the child-Mozart's connection to Koblenz, where the premiere of ‘Eterniday’ is scheduled, and because of my personal experience with Mozart's early works (I have recorded all his keyboard pieces written between ages 5 and 9), the thought of a young Mozart was in my mind and somehow became a subtle presence in this work, perhaps a guardian-angel of ‘Eterniday’. The work is dedicated to Daniel Raiskin.”

25 April 2010
Koblenz
Görreshaus, 5 PM
World premiere: Lera Auerbach
”Eterniday“ (Hommage à W.A. Mozart) for bass drum, celesta and strings
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie
Daniel Raiskin (Conductor)

A public dress rehearsal will be held on 24 April 2010 at 5 PM at the Görreshaus during the course of a youth concert

 

Copyright of the photo: F. Reinhold

 

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