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World Premiere of Concert Piece “Drift” by Gerald Resch

In response to a commission from the conductor Peter Sommerer, the Austrian composer Gerald Resch has written a concert piece for violoncello and chamber orchestra entitled “Drift”. The piece will be given its world premiere on 18 March 2014 in Schleswig by the young, up-and-coming soloist and TONALi prize winner Alexey Stadler with the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Peter Sommerer. Additional performances will take place in Flensburg (19 March) and Rendsburg (21 March).

Here are Gerald Resch’s comments on the origins of his concert piece:
“During the composition of ‘Drift’, I was thinking about the movements of waves on the ocean surface arising due to wind flows. The waves follow the direction of the wind, but are frequently interrupted and distorted by the inner movements of the water masses - the slower the movements, the deeper these interruptions and distortions are.
This interaction between different speeds and directions of movement are also of musical interest to me. I translate this observation in ‘Drift’ into brief melodic lines with rhythmic profiles, thus developing various characteristic motifs. These motifs influence each other mutually and are permanently varied, combined and overlapped. Imitations at different speeds play an important role in this process.
Various formal stations (designated in the score as ‘Surf’, ‘Impulses’, ‘Swarm’ and ‘Canon’, for example) are continually metamorphosed into each other and return in an altered sequence - following a cadenza by the solo cello in the middle of the composition - during the course of the approximately 15-minute piece.
‘Drift’ was composed at the suggestion of the conductor Peter Sommerer and is dedicated to him.”

18 March 2014
Gymnasium A. P. Møller-Skolen, 7:30 PM
World premiere: Gerald Resch
“Drift”. Concerto for violoncello and chamber orchestra
Alexej Stadler (violoncello)
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester
Peter Sommerer (direction)

19 March 2014
Deutsches Haus, 7:30 PM (Introduction, 6:45 PM)

21 March 2014
7:30 PM (Introduction, 7 PM)

Copyright of the photo: Georg Lembergh


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