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Chinese Premiere: Peter Ruzicka's AULODIE in Beijing

The Chinese premiere of Peter Ruzicka's AULODIE for oboe and chamber orchestra will be given on 25 May 2012 during the course of the Beijing Modern Music Festival.

This oboe concerto received its world premiere at the Salzau Provincial Cultural Centre on 5 August 2011 at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. The oboist Albrecht Mayer presented the work, composed in 2011, together with the SHMF Orchestra.

In Beijing, Kai Sai (oboe) and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zhang Guoyong will perform this work which was commissioned by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

Peter Ruzicka on AULODIE:

“My oboe concerto AULODIE, composed in 2011, is made up of seven scenes merging into each other of various densities, durations and instrumental balance. The sound formation accompanying the solo instrument consists of 20 strings, 3 percussionists, harp, piano and celesta. All seven scenes begin with an identical musical shape. This opens up the space for ‘sound discourses’ which only seem to receive the impulse for their continuation whilst they are actually sounding.
‘Aulos’ was an ancient Greek instrument that was played at special occasions: as a pugnacious working song, mourning song, wedding music, dance of weapons or at satyr plays that could end up in a wild frenzy. In AULODIE, too, emotional borderline situations determine the seven scenes of the composition. In so doing, the music often seems to pause, listening to itself in retrospect, pointing out events that have sounded previously. AULODIE is perhaps the work of mine that is most ‘like a novel.’”

25 May 2012
Beijing Modern Music Festival
National Center for the Performance Arts, 7:30 PM
Chinese premiere: Peter Ruzicka
AULODIE for oboe and chamber orchestra
Kai Sai (oboe)
Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra
Zhang Guoyong (direction)


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