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“Pax - Počme théâtral” by Johannes X. Schachtner to Receive World Premiere

One of the most important performances for Johannes X. Schachtner in the year 2014 is the new orchestral work “Pax – Poème théâtral”, commissioned by the Munich Biennale 2014; it will receive its world premiere on 16 May 2014 at the church Herz-Jesu in Munich, performed by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Ulf Schirmer. The concert will be broadcasted on 1 June 2014 (7 PM) by the Bavarian Broadcasting Company (BR-Klassik).

In response to the question as to what the attraction of an orchestral work is for a young composer nowadays, Johannes X. Schachtner replied:
“In response to this actually very complex question, which already implies that one is becoming involved in the so numerous attainments of the glorious orchestral development over the past 250 years (emancipation of timbre and rhythm, turning away from the late romantic gigantism of 100 years ago or the hollowing out of the orchestral sound 50 years ago), I would like to answer with one word: I am interested in ‘irritation’. This implies, in turn, that one indeed builds on traditional elements (instrumentation, form), but at the same time looks for the moment that leaves this path: shorter or longer, more subtle or more extensive.
I look for sounds that can no longer be allocated to one instrument, or I exchange consciously allocated roles.
One part of the harmonic language is attained through intrinsically instrumental sound material (e.g. open strings on the string instruments), but used by other groups.
The orchestral work on which I am now working is called ‘Pax’ (Peace). An ever-present tone ‘A’ stands for it. During the course of the piece, there arise irritations and confrontations, but also satisfactions.”

In this concert the Münchner Rundfunkorchester will also perform Galina Ustvolskaya’s Symphony No. 5 “Amen”.

16 May 2014
Herz-Jesu Church, 8 PM
(Introduction to the concert: 7 PM)
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Pax - Poème théâtral” for orchestra
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Ulf Schirmer (direction)


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