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German Premiere: Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf‘s “Hommage à Klaus Huber” in Freiburg

The violist Barbara Maurer and members of the “ensemble recherché” will present the German premiere of Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf’s chamber work “Hommage à Klaus Huber” for viola obligata and three players, commissioned by the Lucerne Festival, on 8 October 2014 in Freiburg.

The world premiere took place on 13 September 2014 at a special concert in honour of the composer Klaus Huber entitled “Klaus Huber – Homage on His 90th Birthday” during the course of this summer’s Lucerne Festival. The world premiere was also presented by Barbara Maurer (viola) and members of the “ensemble recherché”.

Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf comments as follows on his “Hommage à Klaus Huber”:
“This work consists of two sonic/action areas. The viola stands in the foreground, playing its solo part with complete self-absorption, as if this were a solo piece. The other three players act in the background, as if they did not belong to the music, like three heavy-handed mechanics comparable to the troop of manual workers in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. They seem to be occupied with themselves but take care never to cover up the viola.”

8. October 2014
Morat-Institut, 8 PM
German premiere: Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf
“Hommage à Klaus Huber” for viola obligata and three players
Barbara Maurer (viola)
Members of the “ensemble recherche”


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