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Schachtner’s “Neuf fatrasies“ receives Swiss Premiere in Bern

Johannes X. Schachtner’s “Neuf fatrasies“ will receive its Swiss premiere in a recital on 3 September 2013 in Bern presented by the soprano Sybille Diethelm and Fabienne Romer (piano). The world premiere took place in the beginning of 2013 on 25 February in Munich, with Monika Lichtenegger singing the soprano part and Rudi Spring accompanying at the piano. The performance was part of the concert “Musica da camera“, a concert of the Münchner Tonkünstlerverband.

Johannes X. Schachtner comments on “Neuf fatrasies“:
“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.”

The Sikorski Music Publishers published the printed edition SIK 8769 of this work.

3 September 2013
ONO Kulturlokal, 8 PM
Swiss premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Neuf fatrasies“ for soprano and piano
Sybille Diethelm (soprano)
Fabienne Romer (piano)


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