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World Premiere: “Air - to Samuel’s Aerophone” by Johannes X. Schachtner in Munich

Johannes X. Schachtner’s new work “Air - to Samuel’s Aerophone” for large wind ensemble was commissioned by the Ensemble Zeitsprung for a concert of the Munich Tonkünstlerverband on the occasion of the opening of an exhibition on the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. The work, completed in 2013 and dedicated to the conductor Roland Voigtländer, will be given its world premiere on 27 January 2014 at the opening celebration at the Munich Gasteig by the Ensemble Zeitsprung directed by Markus Elsner.

Johannes X. Schachtner comments on his work as follows:
“For the long chords at the beginning of his ‘Alpine Symphony’, Richard Strauss prescribed the use of ‘Samuel’s Aerophone’ - an apparatus with a bizarre appearance consisting of a bellows and a tube placed in the player’s mouth.
“I seized upon the idea of a very long-sounding wind chord for my composition of about 11 minutes’ duration. It develops out of a static sound that is repeatedly fanned out and dynamically varied, presenting the many different timbres of this woodwind ensemble.”

27 January 2014
Gasteig, Black Box, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Air – to Samuel’s Aerophone” for large wind ensemble
Ensemble Zeitsprung
Markus Elsner (direction)


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