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World Premiere of “Solaria” by Ferran Cruixent in Bolzano

The Fundazione Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento has commissioned an orchestral work from the Catalonian composer Ferran Cruixent that was completed in late 2014 and will be given its world premiere under the title “Solaria” on 3 February 2015 in Bolzano by the Haydn Orchestra directed by Christoph Poppen.

The composer has provided the following comments on his work:
“‘Solaria’ for orchestra is a one-movement work in which I wish to express my fascination with the dangers of our dependence on technical developments. The title ‘Solaria’ refers to the imaginary planet ‘Solaria’ of the science fiction author Isaac Asimov. The entire orchestra describes the poetry of an imaginary desert landscape and the mechanised civilisation of individual tracts of land, whereby the musicians are also required to apply special methods of playing, including the ‘cyber-singing’ that I once used in my symphonic work ‘Cyborg’ in 2010. ‘Cyber-singing’ is a new type of interaction which aims to attain an authentic communication. The electronic tapes prepared by the composer himself are transmitted by the musicians via mobile telephone - a commodity that is otherwise used for completely different purposes. With this possibility, I create a novel kind of interaction between the composer and the musician. At the end of the piece I quote a popular melody that refers to the old song ‘Daisy Bell’ (Harry Dacre, 1892). In 1961 this melody was once recorded in an IBM 704 computer and also served researchers as a first demonstration of ‘pure dichotic’ perception in 1974.”

A further perfromance takes place on 4 February 2015 in Trento (Auditorium, 8:30 PM).

3 February 2015
Teatro Comunale, 8 PM
World premiere: Ferran Cruixent
“Solaria” for orchestra
Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trient
Christoph Poppen (direction)


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