Johannes X. Schachtner: World Premiere of “Episodes III” in Bamberg

Johannes X. Schachtner's new woodwind quintet "Episodes III" will receive its world premiere on 6 February 2011 in Bamberg.

The performers will be Ulrich Biersack (flute), Barbara Bode (oboe), Christoph Müller (clarinet), Pierre Martens (bassoon) und Christoph Eß (horn), all members of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

"Episodes III" for woodwind quintet were composed in Autumn 2010 in Paris and Munich.

The composer has supplied the following comments on his woodwind quintet:

"'Episodes I' for horn and string quartet were based on a poem and 'Episodes II’ for piano quintet on a fictitious operatic plot; 'Episodes III,' on the other hand, are based on fragmentary memories of melodies, series, declamations, in fact of 'tones' and 'sounds' themselves.
At the beginning, a remote melodic arch appears which is repeatedly varied and illuminated in different ways, both tonally and microtonally; but at no time does a melody, or anything resembling a song, ever appear.
The English horn later recites an imaginary text, accompanied by the rustling of the clarinet. But no dialogue will ever result from this ... 'Episodes III': a 'Song without Words'?!"

6 February 2011
Spiegelsaal der Harmonie, 5 PM (Introduction: 4.30 PM)
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Episodes III“ for wind quintet
Members of the Bamberger Symphoniker: Ulrich Biersack (flute), Barbara Bode (oboe), Christoph Müller (clarinet), Pierre Martens (bassoon) and Christoph Eß (horn)


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