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Lera Auerbach’s “Eterniday [Hommage à W.A. Mozart]” Given American Premiere

On 7 December 2013, the American Orchestra “Symphony in C” directed by its principal conductor Rossen Milanov will perform the American premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Eterniday (Hommage à W.A. Mozart)” for bass drum, celesta and strings in Camden (USA).

The work was given its world premiere in Koblenz on 25 April 2010 by the Rhenish Philharmonic State Orchestra directed by Daniel Raiskin. Lera Auerbach had to compose this work anew in 2010 (it had already been almost finished in Autumn 2009) because the manuscript had been burned after a fire in her flat.

“I sketched the full work in late August - early September 2009 and left the manuscript on top of my Steinway concert grand in my studio in New York before leaving for a tour. I planned to finish it when I returned from the tour in December. While I was away, there was a devastating electrical fire in my studio which burnt down the entire apartment including the Steinway and everything that was around it. The manuscript of the new work was gone. I tried to remember what I had written, but soon gave up any hopes to resurrect it, the creative impulse behind this work was gone, and without my manuscript to guide me back I lost the sense of what this work was to me. So I decided to start anew and to write a different piece altogether. Even the instrumentation of the work changed - instead of a full chamber orchestra as was in my original sketch - now it was down to bass drum, celesta and strings. (…)
’Eterniday’ is an original word, combining Eternity and Day, something everlasting and fragile, yet blended together into one. Because of the child-Mozart's connection to Koblenz, where the premiere of ‘Eterniday’ is scheduled, and because of my personal experience with Mozart's early works (I have recorded all his keyboard pieces written between ages 5 and 9), the thought of a young Mozart was in my mind and somehow became a subtle presence in this work, perhaps a guardian-angel of ‘Eterniday’.”

7 December 2013
Camden (USA)
Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, 8 PM
American premiere: Lera Auerbach
”Eterniday (Hommage à W.A. Mozart)” for bass drum, celesta and strings
Symphony in C
Rossen Milanov (direction)


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