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“I Accept the Terms and Conditions” – Moritz Eggert’s Work Given World Premiere in Frankfurt

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main this year, the University awarded a composition commission to the Heidelberg composer and pianist Moritz Eggert. This is how the work “I Accept the Terms and Conditions” for baritone and string orchestra came to be written.

During the course of a festive ceremony on 18 October 2014 at the St. Paul’ Church in Frankfurt, with international guests and a speech on educational policy delivered by Federal President Joachim Gauck, the baritone Peter Schöne and the Frankfurter chamber orchestra “Skyline Symphony” will perform the world premiere of this work under the direction of Michael Sanderling. The text used by Eggert is an excerpt from the conditions for use and safety regulations of an internet giant.

Moritz Eggert comments on “I Accept the Terms and Conditions” as follows:
“To compose a piece for the anniversary of Goethe University in Frankfurt includes the responsibility of doing justice to the name and importance of this university. But how can one do this? It initially seemed natural to set a text by Goethe, something beautiful and festive that would fit the occasion. Moved by the music, people would shake hands with each other afterwards and then get on with their agendas. But then I thought that this would be too easy, in view of the political and often progressive role that this university has played in the past, especially when one should rather be looking into the future at an anniversary instead of resting on one's past laurels. For this reason, I found it appropriate to place one of the major topics of the future (and of course the present!) of all of us at the centre of focus of my composition, namely the increasing loss of freedom in the digital world, which is voluntarily accepted by us without objection for the most part.”

18 October 2014
Frankfurt
St. Paul’s Church
World premiere: Moritz Eggert
“I Accept the Terms and Conditions” for baritone and string orchestra
Peter Schöne (baritone)
Skyline Symphony
Michael Sanderling (direction)

 

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