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Danish premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina’s successful “Fachwerk” in Copenhagen

The bayan player Geir Draugsvoll and The Royal Danish Orchestra of the Music Academy Copenhagen conducted by Rolf Gupta will perform the Danish premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s “Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra on 15 November 2014 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (RDAM) in Copenhagen. This successful bayan concerto has meanwhile been performed in Belgium, Portugal, China, Poland, Great Britain, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Ukraine and the Netherlands.

The concert is part of a festival (11-15 November 2014) in honor of the composer Sofia Gubaidulina. The composer will visit the festival on 14 November for a dialogue with the Professor of the Royal Danish Academy of Music Friedrich Lips. “Fachwerk“ is dedicated to Geir Draugsvoll who holds a teaching position for accordion at the Copenhagen Music Academy and who also presented the world premiere together with Anders Loguin (percussion) an the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Reinbert de Leeuw on 13 November 2009 in Gent (Belgium).

For Sofia Gubaidulina, the term FACHWERK, the sound of which fascinates her no end, contains two components. On the one hand, there is the craftsmanship necessary to make the composition into a performable musical work in its structure, form and architecture. On the other hand, the term also has aesthetic components. The “fachwerk” method of construction serves the buildings of the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Age not only from the point of view of statics, but also lends the buildings an especially charming, picturesque appearance. In the instrument bayan, too, the “fachwerk” principle is perfectly manifest, in the composer’s view, due to its method of construction and specific sound possibilities. Thus, beauty and construction are combined to form an artistic whole in Sofia Gubaidulina’s latest instrument concerto, as in her previous works.

15 November 2014
Royal Danish Academy of Music, 7 PM
Danish premiere: Sofia Gubaidulina
“Fachwerk” for bayan, percussion and string orchestra
Geir Draugsvoll (bayan)
The Royal Danish Orchestra of the Music Academy Copenhagen
Rolf Gupta (direction)


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