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Salzburg Biennale: World Premiere of Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf's ”Petit Hommage à Thomas Tallis“

The Salzburg Biennale celebrated its successful premiere in 2009. In the spring of 2011 the Festival for New Music will take place for the second time from 3 until 27 March, this time under the artistic direction of Heike Hoffmann.

Current developments in New Music will be reflected in their music-historical context during the approximately 30 events, which include both Austrian and international composers.

Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf's "Petit Hommage à Thomas Tallis" for string quartet will be given its world premiere during the course of the Festival, on 13 March 2011. The Stadler Quartet will present the new piece.

Mahnkopf has supplied the following comments on the origin of his work:

"In the early summer of 2007 I was asked to contribute a text for a commemorative publication on the occasion of Peter Ruzicka's 60th birthday. I decided on a composition. Since we both love Thomas Tallis' famous 40-voiced motet 'Spem in alium,' I composed a 'Petit Hommage à Thomas Tallis,' in which the subject of that motet is thickened into an eight-voiced movement adapted for string quartet on 18 (also quarter-tone) levels and in several rhythmical prolations. Added to this was a pizzicato line, taken from Peter Ruzicka's orchestral piece 'Tallis,' that wanders through the piece. In terms of sound, the work is ambiguous. On the one hand, the arco writing is to be played strictly, in 'modo barocco' (a legato, slender and soft tone, but also capable of lending support; absolutely non vibrato); on the other hand, a rhythm is superimposed for short, very loud accents ('modo moderno')."

13 March 2011
Salzburg Biennale, Solitär, 11 AM
World premiere: Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf
”Petit Hommage à Thomas Tallis“ for string quartet
Stadler Quartett: Frank Stadler (violin), Izso Bajusz (violin), Predrag Katanic (viola) und Peter Sigl (violoncello)


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