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New Work by Jan Müller-Wieland at the International Freden Music Days

The 25th anniversary season of the Freden Music Days (29 July to 9 August 2015) is under the patronage of the Lower Saxon Prime Minister Stephan Weil and the British Ambassador to Germany, Sir Simon McDonald. The theme in 2015: „Germany : England (Not a Football Match)“.

This year, too, the International Freden Music Days are complying with the tradition of commissioning at least one new piece of music to be premiered during the course of the Festival. The composer Jan Müller-Wieland was chosen for the anniversary this year.

His recently completed Trio Ballad for clarinet, viola and piano will now be given its world premiere on 30 July 2015 at the Zehntscheune (Tithe Barn) in Freden, performed by the Trio consisting of Thorsten Johanns (clarinet), Benjamin Rivinius (viola) and Paul Rivinius (piano). Immediately prior to the concert there will be a discussion with the composer Jan Müller-Wieland, who previously composed a work for the Freden Music Days in 1998 - the septet “Amtsantritt von Leonce und Lena” (Inauguration of Leonce and Lena).

Jan Müller-Wieland describes his new work as follows:
“This Trio Ballad begins with constantly insistent, rapid sextuplets. The clarinet is a kind of an airhead (of all trades) and the viola is a type of demon. The piano provides a foundation for the others, framing and urging on the dance-tune aspects. Thus distortions arise at the end (rigido, rabbioso, maestoso...) - also of the traditional tuning. Every morning my inner point of departure was Brahms’s Piano Ballads, Op. 10. But the approximately eleven-minute, one-movement piece turned out completely differently.”

30 July 2015
Zehntscheune, 7:30 PM
(Composer portrait, 6:30 PM)
World premiere: Jan Müller-Wieland
Trio Ballad for clarinet, viola and piano
Thorsten Johanns (clarinet)
Benjamin Rivinius (viola)
Paul Rivinius (piano)


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