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Johannes X. Schachtner’s “Gretchen im Zwinger“ and ”Neuf fatrasies“ receive World Premiere

The new work by Johannes X. Schachtner, Gretchen in the Zwinger. Scenery for Soprano and Piano, is dedicated to the Munich composer Markus Schmitt, who presently teaches at the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg and stimulated Schachtner to set this Gretchen song. A second dedication, added at the end of the composition, says “in memoriam Hans Werner Henze“. Schachtner's vocal work will receive its world premiere on 8 February 2013 at the Rokokosaal of the Government of Swabia in Augsburg by students of the Leopold Mozart Centre in Augsburg during the course of the concert “Gruppenbild mit Dichter“ (Group Portrait with Poet). Already on 26 January there was a preview performance at the Klavierwerkstatt Kontrapunkt with Eva Maria Amann, soprano, in Munich.

The world premiere of Schachtner‘s ”Neuf fatrasies“ for soprano and piano will then follow on 25 February 2013 in Munich, with Monika Lichtenegger singing the soprano part and Rudi Spring accompanying at the piano. The performance is part of the concert “Musica da camera“, a concert of the Münchner Tonkünstlerverband.

The composer comments on “Neuf fatrasies“ as follows:
“In the summer of 2011, I discovered the then newly published German translation of the Fatrasies from Arras provided by the Swiss author Ralph Dutli.
The imaginative, visually stunning, absurd and at the same time highly poetical language of the 13th century, not by chance highly appreciated by the Dadaists of the twentieth century, immediately caused me to consider a setting of the Old French original texts.
In compiling the texts, it was important to me to represent as many different forms as possible that existed within the genre ‘Fatrasie’; thus, alongside several anonymous Fatrasies, there were those by Jean Régnier, Philippe de Beaumanoir, Watrique Brassenel de Couvin and Baudet Herenc. These 'impossible' Fatrasies – such as those by Baudet Herenc are called – also provoked an unforced plethora of musical stylistic means, associations and historical allusions in the composition. Thus the expressive variety of the soprano in the new songs extends from chanson-like seductiveness to Tourette syndrome-like swearing, from naive warbling to lascivious groaning.”

8 February 2013
Rokokosaal of the Government of Swabia, 7 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Gretchen im Zwinger“. Scenery for soprano and piano
after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Students of the LMZ Augsburg

25 February 2013
Versicherungskammer Bayern, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Neuf fatrasies“ for soprano and piano
Monika Lichtenegger (soprano)
Rudi Spring (piano)


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