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Two World Premieres of Works by Peter Ruzicka: “ÜBER UNSTERN“ for Piano and “DREI STÜCKE“

After composing his “DREI SZENEN” for clarinet solo already in 1970, Peter Ruzicka has now completed the “DREI STÜCKE” for clarinet solo, to be premiered in the Konzerthaus in Vienna on 23 May 2013 by the clarinettist Jörg Widmann. The soloist, born in Munich, is one of the best known and most productive of German clarinettists. He completed studies in clarinet in Munich with Gerd Starke and with Charles Neidich at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, and is now a professor in Freiburg. Alongside the Englishman Thomas Adès and the Heidelberg composer Moritz Eggert, Jörg Widmann is one of those personalities in contemporary music who have made the New Music more comprehensible for all concert goers.

Piano works have occupied a key place in Peter Ruzicka's catalogue of works for a long time. But piano works of other great composers, such as Franz Liszt, have also left their traces in works of Ruzicka. Thus he composed the large orchestral work “ÜBER UNSTERN” during the Liszt memorial year of 2011, a work centred round a late piano piece by Liszt.

At that time, Ruzicka commented as follows:
“Liszt’s late piano piece ‘Unstern! – Sinistre’ written in 1885 follows a musical rhetoric that appears to have fallen out of time: freely arranged melodic gestures that hesitantly begin and then die away again, rhythmic traces without progression, music that finally dissolves into an indefinite harmonic language. (...) Musical shapes are taken up, ‘held onto’, expanded and overwritten: thinking ahead in a contra-subjective language, attempting identification and distancing, rapprochement and contradiction.”

Peter Ruzicka has now prepared a piano version of “ÜBER UNSTERN” that will be premiered on Sophie-Mayuko Vetter on 28 May 2013 during the course of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Holzwickede.

23 May 2013
Konzerthaus, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Peter Ruzicka
”DREI STÜCKE” for clarinet solo
Jörg Widmann (carinet)
Commissioned work by the Wiener Konzerthaus

28 May 2013
Klavier-Festival Ruhr, House Opherdicke, 8 PM
World premiere: Peter Ruzicka
”ÜBER UNSTERN”, Späte Gedanken for piano
Sophie-Mayuko Vetter (piano)


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